Mr GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (10:30): I am rising to speak on the condolence motion for Shane Warne. I was just sitting there listening to everybody, and on behalf of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party and many, many other people I express my sympathies to his family, his friends and his colleagues and to former players.
Many, many moons ago, when I was living in Western Australia—it just clicked a memory for me— I had an ‘S’ party for my birthday, and of course I dressed up as Shane Warne. I put on the old blonde wig and wore his yellow one-day international T-shirt with ‘Warnie’. I did not have a cigarette at all because I was not smoking, but I certainly had a few cans that night. That was just the impact of the person. This was going back 20-odd years. He was just a fantastic cricketer. I have played a bit of cricket in my time as well, and he certainly got us thinking in terms of leg spin and how we could best do that in our own performances. I could never do anything like he did. There are not many cricketers in the history of cricket that you can say that for almost every single ball that they bowled, you thought they were going to take a wicket. That is just the type of talent that he was.
Also I think, more importantly, in his death it is important that we look at our own health—our own heart health in particular. It is pretty significant, and if you have any issues, concerns or funny feelings, get yourself checked out, for God’s sake, because you just never know. Life is too short. Do the right thing. Get yourself checked out. Vale, Shane Warne.