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Monday, 20 June 2005
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To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in Parliament:

The petition of the residents of Armidale and surrounding area brings to the attention of the House the impact of the Higher Education Support Amendment (Abolition of Compulsory Up-front Student Fees) Bill 2005 will have on university sports.

  • UNE’s Sports facilities have been developed by Sport UNE over the past 50 years and in a relatively small regional community play a significant role in attracting students to UNE. The facilities are also utilized extensively by members of the community including local sporting and community groups and schools.
  • Sport at UNE plays an integral development role for many students, and assists in the development of leadership and team skills.
  • UNE’s participation rates in sport and physical recreation are the highest in all Australian Universities. This legislation will cause the destruction of university sport at a time when the Commonwealth Government is investing measures to tackle the rising rate of obesity in adults and children.
  • This legislation will undermine the ability of Sport UNE to maintain and upgrade sporting facilities in the future.
  • University sport participants have gone on to represent their country at the Olympics, Commonwealth Games and World University Games. University sport through provision of scholarship programs have contributed to Australia’s success of sport on the World sporting stage.

The undersigned petitioners therefore ask the House of Representatives to reject the Higher Education Support Amendment (Abolition of Compulsory Up-front Student Fees) Bill 2005.

by Mr Windsor (from 1,070 citizens)