PARLIAMENT STANDS WITH GOODES

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The NSW Parliament has thrown its weight behind the AFL superstar Adam Goodes, following a motion moved by the NSW Opposition.

Parliament today unanimously supported the motion moved by NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley in which he called on the House to express its total support for Mr Goodes and condemns the relentless booing of him.  

Mr Goodes returned to Sydney Swans training today after taking time off following continued booing from opposition supporters.

Mr Foley told the House that Mr Goodes was a role model to all Australians, and urged its members to “stand strong and tall against bigotry”. 

In a speech to Parliament, Mr Foley called on members to stand with Mr Goodes and against racism, wherever it occurs.

 Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

 “We must all dedicate ourselves to fighting racism wherever we find it—on our sporting fields, in our workplaces, in our communities.”

 “It is shameful that a year after being named Australian of the Year Adam Goodes has had to withdraw from the field because of the actions of a vocal minority.”

 “Sport has become a symbol of society’s struggle against racism. Out on the oval, amidst the ruck Adam Goodes often stands strong, tall and resolute to compete for the ball.”

“Parliament must stand strong, tall and resolute against racism and bigotry.”