MEMBERS STATEMENT | SOCCEROOS

Mr MELHEM (Western Metropolitan): I join with Mr Elasmar in wishing the Socceroos, our national team, all the very best tonight in their game against Denmark. In particular I hope that the old warrior, Tim Cahill, will be given a go tonight and will kick the winning goal, flanked by the youngest player in the competition at the World Cup, Daniel Arzani, and led by the captain, Mile Jedinak, and coach, Bert van Marwijk.

As we might be sitting late tonight, I urge members to not call any divisions while the game is broadcast on SBS. Hopefully whoever wants to watch the game will be able to watch it. I am very pleased that SBS is broadcasting the games. We all know that Optus have had some difficulties or challenges with their technology in allowing people to stream the game live. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but I wish Optus had done the right thing initially and had a joint approach with SBS. That is why I urge the federal government to continue investing in SBS, which is a public broadcaster that is able to bring the world game to Australia when these games are on. I wish the national soccer team very well, and I hope tonight we will win by two goals.

21 June 2018