I rise on behalf of the opposition to briefly comment on the motion moved by the Hon. Ms Franks on 14 October, namely that this council recognises that Reclink Australia has been outstanding in delivering sport, recreation and arts participation opportunities to some of the community's most vulnerable and isolated people, at risk youth and those experiencing disadvantage, including mental illness, disability, homelessness, alcohol and other drug issues and social and economic hardship; and applauds the inaugural Adelaide Reclink Community Cup fundraising football match between players from community and mainstream media (that team is called the Adelaide Anchors) and local musicians (the Rockatoos) held on 16 August 2015.
I indicate that, of course, the opposition will be supporting this motion and proudly so. As mentioned by previous contributors, Reclink Australia is a non-profit which enhances the lives of society's most vulnerable and marginalised people through sports and the arts. It was founded in Victoria in 1990 and now operates nationally. I, for one, will always champion the use of sport to bring people together and this is what this organisation does. It seeks to pull people out of the cycle of disadvantage through sport, and that I wholeheartedly support. It is a cause that I believe in. This is the power of community sport.
The Community Cup that the motion refers to was a football match between a community and media team, the Adelaide Anchors, and a side of local musicians, the Rockatoos. My understanding is that the Hon. Mr Maher played in the Rockatoos side. I congratulate all involved, although I am a little disappointed that someone did not take the opportunity to run through the Hon. Mr Maher. It looked like a great event with over 1,100 people in attendance. This was the first time it had been conducted in Adelaide. Similar events have been held in Melbourne and Sydney over the years.
I will not repeat the words of the Hon. Ms Franks and the Hon. Mr Maher, but I will mention something that I learnt from the Hon. Ms Franks' contribution, that the Choir of Hard Knocks was a Reclink initiative. It is a program that I remember with fondness. I am very happy to support the great work of Reclink. I congratulate the Hon. Ms Franks for the motion and I commend it to the council.