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Wednesday, 29 March 2006
Page: 86

Senator LUNDY (3:40 PM) —by leave—I move the motion as amended:

That the following matter be referred to the Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee for inquiry and report by the first sitting day in September 2006:

   Women in sport and recreation in Australia, with particular reference to:

(a)   the health benefits of women participating in sport and recreation activities;

(b)   the accessibility for women of all ages to participate in organised sport, fitness and recreation activities, with additional reference to state and federal programs, including:

(i)   the number of women actively participating in organised sport, fitness and recreation activities,

(ii)   characteristics of women not participating in organised sport, fitness and recreation activities (including, for example, socio-economic strata, age, women with a disability, Indigenous or Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) women),

(iii)   constraints, including strategies to overcome the constraints that may prevent these women from participating,

(iv)   the effectiveness of current state and federal grant programs that encourage women to participate,

(v)   the retention and attrition trends of grassroots participation, including comparisons with male athletes at a similar level,

(vi)   the remuneration, recruitment, retention and attrition of elite female athletes, including comparisons with elite male athletes,

(vii)   retention of athletes competing in senior and open age state and national sporting competitions, with possible strategies to retain female competitors in elite and sub-elite competition,

(viii)   opportunities and barriers for national team members and competitors in international competition, and

(ix)   the financial status, success and viability of women’s national league competitions, including strategies to improve these factors;

(c)   the portrayal of women’s sport in the media, including:

(i)   the role of the government to regulate and review the coverage of women’s sport in the media (print, radio and electronic),

(ii)   the influence of pay television on the coverage of women in sport,

(iii)   the promotion and publicity of women’s national league competitions,

(iv)   the financial status and success of women’s national leagues, and

(v)   strategies to improve the amount and quality of media coverage for women’s sport; and

(d)   women in leadership roles in sport, including:

(i)   the number and proportion of women in coaching, administrative and officiating roles,

(ii)   the issues associated with women in leadership roles in both elite and grassroots activities,

(iii)   trends and issues for women in organisational leadership roles, and

(iv)   strategies to improve the numbers of women in coaching, administration and technical roles.

Question agreed to.