Tuesday, 21 June 2022

Members statements

Ian Cover OAM

Ian Cover OAM

Mrs McARTHUR (Western Victoria) (12:49): Today I wish to recognise a Queen’s Birthday honours award recipient from my electorate who has been rightly recently recognised. Ian Cover was a member of this place between March 1996 and November 2002. Ian’s name is synonymous with sport, fun and community. His is a household name broadcast into homes, backyards, cars and caravans across Australia as a member of the very witty and wonderful Coodabeen Champions team on the ABC—it is probably the only good thing that has ever been on the ABC.

Mr Davis interjected.

Mrs McARTHUR: They have stopped it; there you go. His love of sport saw him take up the very appropriate shadow portfolios of sport and recreation and Shadow Minister for Racing and Shadow Minister for Youth Affairs. However, his Medal of the Order of Australia perhaps best recognises his community work and support for matters such as women’s cancer, youth mental health, the important role of fathers and Anam Cara House in Colac. Ian continues to support the Liberal Party in my electorate, especially in the Geelong area. Ian is a very worthy honours recipient, and I congratulate him wholeheartedly on the award.