SPEECH: Parliamentary Touch Football State of Origin

Jun 21, 2017

Mr CONROY (Shortland) (13:54): I have great news for the parliament, great news for the House, which is that today the mighty New South Wales parliamentary touch team demolished Queensland 9-4. It was an awesome effort, led by our courageous leader, the member for Mitchell. We saw stout defence from the members for Macarthur and Solomon, but my highlight was the member for Riverina’s taking advantage of very sluggish defence on the Queensland left wing by Senator Hanson—I do not know what that says about One Nation and their defence. It was a magnificent sight to see the member for Riverina step Senator Hanson to score in the corner. I would be too modest to note that I happened to slice between the member for Petrie and the Deputy Prime Minister to score a try as well. The end result was a demolition.

I should note that the last time New South Wales won the parliamentary State of Origin touchwas 2014 when the mighty New South Wales Blues beat Queensland. Hopefully, that augurs well for tonight. I wish good luck to all the New South Wales Origin team. Let us hope Boyd Cordner, a Taree old boy, leads the team very well to glory, with Mitchell Pearce playing the whole game and scoring the winning try to bring them home. Go the mighty Blues! Let’s crush the Cane Toads.

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