Parliamentary Friends of the AFL Reception Parliament House Canberra
Prime Minister, "even an old 3rd grade front row prop like me has to look back in wonder at the athleticism of the game when as they say the big men fly."
Chris Bowen chatting at the AFL event
Nova Peris and Senator Don Farrell
Labor's Peter Khalil enjoyed getting his hands on the AFL Premiership Cup...
Emma Husar MP, Peter Khalil MP and Senator Lisa Singh
Steve Irons MP, Dipper and Tony Smith the Speaker of the House
Bill Shorten looks on as Gillon McLachlan is speaking
The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull addresses the crowd at Parliament House
Prime Minister, "Speaking of big men I want to welcome Neale Daniher, a legend of the AFL – I was just saying hello to Neale a moment ago - as a player and a coach for the Bombers and Demons. An extraordinary Australian.
Neale, the awareness you have raised about motor neurone disease, your passion and resilience is inspiring and your advocacy on the need for research and funding into this tragic illness has been remarkable."
Prime Minister, "As a New South Welshman, it’s great to be when both teams from New South Wales are having such a big impact on the AFL."
Craig Willis was MC at the event. He is known to many as the 'voice of the AFL'.
Prime Minister, "But you know, the Giants have had a spectacular season and Lucy, as you know, is the Chief Commissioner of the Greater Sydney Commission works in Parramatta and I think I’m going to lose her to the Giants at any moment. I can feel her loyalties to the Swans moving to the Giants, but anyway, we’ll have them both covered."
Bill Shorten, Leader of the Opposition addresses the crowd. "To lovers of AFL, welcome back to the Australian Parliament... I was playing back pocket at St Mary's East Malvern under 11s, the boys with the blue triangle, it was then that I realised I wasn't going to make it as a professional footballer. "
The Prime Minister looks on as Bill Shorten is speaking.
The Prime Minister, AFL CEO Gill McLachlan, Richard Marles MP and Steve Irons MP watch Bill Shorten address the audience.
Bill Shorten, "I have always followed a simple formula in my tipping, I back the favourites and Collingwood. It's been a bad year for both really."
The Prime Minister and AFL CEO Gill McLachlan watch Bill Shorten address the audience.
Bill Shorten addresses the crowd at the event in Parliament House alongside the 2017 AFL Premiership Cup.
Gillon McLachlan CEO of the AFL with Julie Bishop, a passionate West Coast Eagles fan
Bill Shorten greets Julie Bishop and interupts her conversation with AFL CE Gill McLachlan
Craig Willis chats with Steve Irons and Richard Marles. Steve and Richard are behind the Parliamentary Friends of the AFL group.
AFL CEO Gill McLachlan, Jule Bishop and Richard Marles
Tanya Hosch, General Manager of Inclusion and Social Policy
Meryl Swanson MP and Bridget McKenzie with Tanya Hosch, AFL General Manager of Inclusion and Social Policy (back to camera)
Senator Bridget McKenzie with Tanya Hosch, AFL General Manager of Inclusion and Social Policy
Rob Mitchell member for McEwen and Phil Coorey AFR