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Thursday, 27 November 1986
Page: 3938

(Question No. 4883)


Mr MacKellar asked the Minister for Sport, Recreation and Tourism, upon notice, on 14 November 1986:

(1) Did he state that he did not believe that illegal drug use by Australian athletes was a big problem when launching the Sports Against Drugs Movement in Sydney on 23 April 1986.

(2) Is he able to say whether the Australian Sports Medicine Federation has conducted a survey over the period 1979 to 1982 to identify the extent of drug use in Australian sport; if so, did that survey find that there was a significant problem with drug use in Australian sport and that many sportsmen and sportswomen had used and were using dangerous drugs or drugs that were banned from sport by international convention.

(3) Has the Government, its agent, or any recognised sporting organisation conducted a subsequent survey or surveys of drug use by Australian sportsmen and sportswomen; if so, (a) when and by whom was it conducted and (b) did the results indicate an improvement or deterioration in drug use in Australian sport since 1982.

(4) Is the Government considering compulsory drug screening for all Australian sportsmen and sportswomen who participate in international sporting events.


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

(1) Yes.

(2) Yes, the survey referred to found that approximately 5% of survey respondents had used drugs which are banned by sporting authorities.

(3) No.

(4) No, however the Australian Sports Commission has decided to undertake random testing of athletes receiving Sports Talent Encouragement Plan grants during 1987.