Australian Parliament Sports Club

Sport Diplomacy

Minister for the Pacific, Senator the Hon Zed Seselja presents HRH The Crown Prince Tupouto'a Ulukalala - Crown Prince of Tonga with an honorary Club cap and a a Pacific Island Rugby shirt signed by the 2008 squad comprising international players from Fiji, Samoa and Tonga and sponsored by the Sports Hydrant.

Pacific Parliamentary Warriors v Combined Defence Force Occasionals


The Golden Wombats, members of the Combined Defence Force and the local Pacific community came together to play for the Front Line Cup. A feast of running rugby resulted in a diplomatically pleasing 25-25 draw. The game marked the launch of the Australian Pacific Sporting Catalyst to take place in 2022.

Sport No Borders

Club Ambassador and Coach of the Australian National Rugby League Team Mal Meninga joins the Crown Prince and Canberra Consulting's Jason Pepper. Mal represented the Golden Wombats at Ballymore in 2007 against the New Zealand Parliament converting a Mal Brough inspired try by Barnaby Joyce on the final whistle to beat the Kiwi's.

The Department of Health are the inaugural winners of the Recognition Touch Football Festival. Up by 2 was the consensus although nobody was quite sure of the actual score. In a year when the pressure on all workers in the health sector has been enormous, they were fitting victors and 'up by 2' reflected the relaxed attitude by all competitors enjoying a break at the end of a very long year. Our thanks to Touch Football ACT for providing the referees and to Sam Norton - Knight from the Brumbies for his cameo performance with the Parliamentary side. Finally, the value of sport no borders was on show with a Parliamentary team of Seselja, Canavan, Perrett, Smith, Norton- Knight and HRH Prince Taufa'ahau - son of HRH The Crown Prince, aged 10 playing representatives from the Pacific, Defence, Health and the AFP.