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Wednesday, 16 November 1983
Page: 2839

Question No. 564

Mr Fisher asked the Minister for Sport, Recreation and Tourism, upon notice, on 22 September 1983:

(1) Will established voluntary organisations, such as the Sports Medicine Foundation, receive the same percentage level of assistance they have received in past years following the establishment of the Sports Commission.

(2) Is a National Sports Research Institute planned.

Mr John Brown —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) As the honourable member would be aware, an Interim Committee has been formed to advise the Government on the establishment of an Australian Sports Commission. It is envisaged that, in its report, the Interim Committee will examine the possible role of the Commission in establishing guidelines for the allocation of funds for sport and recreation. It is not possible at this stage to provide any guarantees that the current distribution of funds between sporting bodies will necessarily be maintained. However, I am confident that, due to the substantial increase in funds allocated for sport in the Budget, sporting bodies will generally be better off than they have been. The honourable member may be aware that this year the Australian Sports Medicine Federation has been granted an increased allocation of $50,000 compared with $31,500 in 1982-83 .

(2) At this stage there are no specific plans to establish a National Sports Research Institute. The Government is aware of the importance of co-ordinating the sports research effort in Australia. To this end, in 1982-83, it commenced assistance for a Sports Research Co-ordinator located with the Confederation of Australian Sport. The honourable member will also be aware that the Australian Institute of Sport has an important sports research function. I would expect that the report of the Interim Committee for the Australian Sports Commission will examine the potential role of the Commission in developing a co-ordinated approach to sports research in Australia.