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Tuesday, 7 December 1976
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Mr Stewart asked the Minister for Environment, Housing and Community Development, upon notice:

(1)   Is there an organisation known as the Confederation of Australian Sport.

(2)   If so, (a) when was it established, (b) who are its chief proponents, (c) how many meetings has it held, (d) what organisations were officially represented at any meetings, (e) was the Government officially represented at any meeting and ( f) what is the intent of the organisation.


Mr Newman - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   (a) The Confederation was formed at a meeting of interested National Sporting Associations held in Melbourne on 3 November 1976.

(b)   Earlier this year, at the initiative of the sports associations themselves, meetings were held in both Sydney and Melbourne to consider a number of issues involved in sports development in Australia. These meetings emphasised the absence in this country of one body which is representative of Australian sport. As a result, each meeting elected 3 representatives to form a protem committee which was to consider ways and means of establishing a Confederation of Australian Sport and then to convene a further meeting to discuss the matter. This was the meeting held on 3 November 1976.

(c)   The meeting on 3 November 1 976 was the first

(d)   I understand that representatives of approximately 63 national sporting associations attended the meeting, 52 of whom had paid an affiliation fee. A comprehensive list of these associations has not yet been made available by the Confederation.

(e)   I attended the meeting and spoke to the gathering, and I was accompanied by officers of my Department.

(f)   The following list of objectives of the Confederation is taken from the proforma constitution:

(i)   To promote the physical, intellectual, and moral development of the people of Australia through participation in sport.

(ii)   To act as a forum for the exchange of members' views.

(iii)   To act as a liaison with government agencies and to bring before governments and government agencies such recommendations as are approved by the Confederation.

(iv)   To represent its members and sport generally in its relations to government at all levels and to use its best endeavours to organise sports participants and spectators to assist in convincing government that it has a duty and obligation:

(   a ) to assist fitness, sport and recreation generally;

(b)   to ensure the provision of adequate physical facilities for sports participants and spectators;

(c)   to help negate the disadvantages to Australian sport of Australian geographical isolation and distance from countries of similar competitive standards.

(v)   To sponsor support and /or generally assist in the formation and progress of an Olympic Foundation and to assist the Olympic Foundation and the Commonwealth Games organising committee in attaining their objectives.

(vi)   To support and correlate the administration and efforts of sports governing bodies in Australia and to advance the development of the administration of sport and physical recreation.

(vii)   To stimulate interest in sport and to encourage and support multi-sport competition in Australia.

(viii)   To encourage and support the development of recreational education and technical facilities to increase participation in sport in Australia, and to encourage development of national and international competitive excellence, and the development of technical advisory services.

(ix)   To establish technical criteria for national multi-sport Games and to recommend locations in which such Games are to be held.

(x)   To engage in and provide assistance to sport in raising the necessary funds to support and develop programs, facilities and technical services and generally to further the objectives of the Confederation.

(xi)   To encourge and support expansion and increased scientific knowledge to sports in Australia.

Projects under Transport (Planning and Research) Act (Question No.1486)


Mr Morris asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice:

(1)   What projects funded under the Transport (Planning and Research) Act 1974 have now been completed.

(2)   When does he anticipate the publication of the reports of these projects.

(3)   What was (a) the total cost of each project (b) the Federal Government's share of the cost of each project and (c) the respective State Government's share of the cost of each project.


Mr Nixon - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Projects which were assisted under the Transport (Planning and Research) Act 1974 and were completed prior to 3 1 December 1 973 are included in the Report of progress on projects under the Act which I tabled in the Parliament on 24 August 1976. A report of progress on projects to 30 June 1976 is currently in preparation and will indicate projects completed to that date. This should be available early in 1977.

(2)   Reports on completed projects are being progressively received and their existence is publicised in the Report of Progress mentioned above. Publication of reports by the Commonwealth is not intended and release to other than Commonwealth Authorities is at the discretion of the State agency as indicated in the progress reports.

(3)   The approved project allocation for each project is given in the Report of Progress. Commonwealth assistance on each project is two-thirds of the actual cost to the limit of the approved allocation with the State meeting the balance.

Proceedings to Protect the Environment: Legal Aid (Question No. 1526)


Mr Lionel Bowen (KINGSFORD-SMITH, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the AttorneyGeneral, upon notice:

(   1 ) To what groups or individuals and in what proceedings seeking to protect the environment has assistance been given by the Australian Legal Aid Office since 1 1 November 1975.

(2)   To what groups or individuals and in what proceedings seeking to proect the environment has assistance been refused by the Australian Legal Aid Office since 1 1 November 1975.

(3)   To what groups or individuals and in what proceedings seeking to protect the environmnet was assistance given by the Australian Legal Aid Office prior to 1 1 November 1975.


Mr Ellicott - As I have stated previously in reply to the honourable member's questions relating to the grant of financial assistance, I do not think it appropriate to make public information about particular applicants for legal aid who are entitled to expect that information supplied would be kept confidential. I would be prepared to make the information available to the honourable member, if he wishes, on a confidential basis. I can, however, supply the following information:

(1)   I am informed by my Department that since 11 November 1975 financial assistance has been given by the Australian Legal Aid Office in the following 10 instances:

(a)   to a conservation group invited to appear before the Commission of Inquiry into Moreton Island which was set up by the Queensland Government;

(b)   to a society as relator which was granted the fiat of 2 State Attorneys-General to pursue Supreme Court action for a declaration that mining leases being operated within a recreation reserve had been issued invalidly;

(c)   to a group of individuals for Supreme Court proceedings to establish whether a City Council holds certain land in trust for public recreational purposes thereby preventing the Council from selling the land for commercial development;

(d)   to a conservation group to object in a Mining Warden's Court to the grant of mining leases in an area which had been recommended for a National Park Reserve;

(e)   to a conservation association to obtain counsel's opinion on whether discharge of sewage into a river by a sewerage authority can be restrained.

(f)   to a conservation trust for an appeal to the High Court in relation to the prevention of prospecting within a rare wilderness area;

(g)   to an environmental association to appeal to a State Planning Authority against consent given for the construction of radio masts in an area which is a scenic backdrop to a capital city;

(h)   to three conservation groups to be represented by counsel at the final stages of the Ranger Uranium Environmental Inquiry;

(i)   to a conservation group to object in a Mining Warden's Court to applications for mining leases within a proposed National Park area.

(2)   I am informed by my Department that after 11 November 1975 financial assistance was refused by the Australian Legal Aid Office in the following 3 instances:

(a)   to a conservation group to pursue action in the High Court of Australia to ensure that procedures under the Environmental Protection (Impact of Proposals) Act 1974 were fully implemented. However, the group was informed that the refusal would be reviewed if it obtained a considered opinion from senior counsel on the prospects of success of the proposed action.

(b)   to a group concerned to preserve an Island on the Great Barrier Reef from development as an extensive tourist project. The group appeared to be able to raise sufficient funds to obtain counsel 's opinion and it was informed that its application would be reviewed in the light of counsel's opinion if obtained.

(c)   to an individual to pursue an action for damages against a City Council for destruction to plants and growth on her property used for scientific studies. The matter was regarded as not qualifying for assistance in terms of the national interest involved.

(3)   I am informed by the Department that prior to 11 November 1 975 financial assistance was given by the ALAO in the following 1 8 instances: -

(a)   to a group of individuals to contest in the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory construction of the communications tower on Black Mountain;

(b)   to a citizens' committee to appeal to a Local Government Court against permission granted to a company to mine clay and produce clay products without the imposition of adequate conditions to prevent pollution, in a major catchment area;

(c)   to a conservation organisation to oppose, firstly, in a Mining Wardens Court applications for sandmining leases, secondly, to pursue Supreme Court proceedings to a writ of mandamus to require the Mining Warden to hold a proper hearing; and thirdly, when the writ was refused, to appeal successfully to the High Court of Australia;

(   d ) to a conservation group to appeal to a Local Government Court against a local government council acting without authority in granting approval for cement works to be constructed on the shores of a city 's river;

(e)   to two conservation groups to be legally represented before a State Commission of Inquiry which exonerated them from any dishonesty in having collected funds for the purpose of setting up a trust to preserve caves containing Aboriginal art regarded as part of the national estate.

(f)   to a conservation group to object in a Mining War dens Court against mining leases issued over land which it claimed, in the public interest, should be included in a proposed National Park;

(g)   to a conservation group to object in a Mining Wardens Court to applications by a company for total exemption from labour conditions on mining leases within a proposed National Park;

(h)   to an association as respondents to a Supreme Court appeal from a decision of a Local Government Court which had upheld the Association's objections to rezoning approvals given by a City Council;

(i)   to a group to object in a Mining Wardens Court to applications by a company for mining leases which threatened underground water supplies to a rural community;

(j   ) to a conservation group to obtain legal opinion on the prospects of a successful challenge to the proposed construction of oil pipelines through parks and recreation areas;

(k)   to an individual representing the public interest to pursue Supreme Court proceedings aimed at curtailing quarrying activities in an area adjacent to a national park;

(l)   to two conservation groups to appeal to a Town Planning Appeals Tribunal to obtain resiting of proposed sewerage works which threatened sea pollution at Westernport near Flinders Naval Base, Victoria;

(m)   to a conservation group to obtain counsel's opinion on whether a local authority was exceeding its powers in its dredging activities associated with a creek, preparatory to piping the creek, through a scarce remaining pocket of natural vegetation in the Mornington Peninsula;

(n)   to a conservation group to appeal to a Town Planning Appeals Tribunal against the grant of a permit for sand extraction likely to cause pollution of streams and loss of land for a public open park;

(o)   to a conservation group as appellants to the Full Court of a Supreme Court from a decision which had reversed the findings of a Mining Warden in relation to prospecting in a rare wilderness area;

(p)   to an association to oppose the appeal of a developer to an interim Planning Appeals Board against a City Council's refusal to permit high density housing on scenic slopes at the approaches of a capital city;

(q)   to two conservation groups to enable them to object to a Metropolitan Regional Planning Authority against proposed extensions to a motor freeway along the foreshores of a city's river;

(r)   to a conservation group to be legally represented before the Commission of Inquiry into Fraser Island.







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