Page 797 - Week 02 - Thursday, 10 March 2011

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hope I got that right. Bianca was drawn to compete against the number one from Queensland and won that match. That took Bianca to the finals on Sunday against Western Australia and she took out the gold in that match, which she has told me was a close fight but, as Bianca said herself, she was “the stronger fighter!”.

Bianca is now number one in two weight divisions, flyweight and bantamweight, and still number one bantamweight Australian kickboxing champion. Bianca will now be heading off to Europe for four weeks on Sunday and this is the first time that females will be competing in these European tours; only men have competed in these matches in the past. Bianca will then come back to compete in the Arafura Games in Darwin and then will be competing internationally across the year.

If Bianca wins at the titles next year, she will be going to the world titles in China in May before the Olympics in August 2012. I know that everyone across the Greens’ offices, and I am sure many others in this building—I know she has a few fans in the building—wish Bianca all the best and will be cheering her on to make the Olympic team. We will miss her greatly while she is away but she will hopefully be back. As I keep saying to her, if she wins a gold medal at the Olympics, she gets to go on a stamp across the country, so that is something to aim for. I wish Bianca all the best and I am sure she is going to get there because she is very determined and committed and it is great to see that she has won the Australian titles.

I also just want to note that it is the start of the National Rugby League season this weekend. I cannot let it go past and I would like to wish my team, the Brisbane Broncos, all the best for the year ahead. I know they—

Mrs Dunne: They will need it again.

Mr Barr: Keep that dream alive.

MS BRESNAN: That is possibly true—

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mr Hargreaves): Order, members. We have had discussions about discussions, thank you.

MS BRESNAN: I know the Broncos are probably big viewers of daily on demand for the Legislative Assembly—probably not—but I just want to say that I will be out at Canberra Stadium next Friday night cheering them on against the Raiders. I do hope the Raiders have a good season as well, but once you have a team you never change your team, and I know all Raiders supporters and other supporters of other codes would appreciate that. So I wish the Broncos all the best for the year ahead and hopefully they will make the finals this year.

Canberra Raiders

Ms Bianca Elmir

World Plumbing Day

Ms Maureen Cane

MR DOSZPOT (Brindabella) (5.12): First of all, in response to Ms Bresnan’s comments about her football team, I do hope that eventually the Canberra Raiders will

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