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Wednesday, 19 November 1986
Page: 2564

(Question No. 1397)


Senator Jones asked the Minister for Sport, Recreation and Tourism, upon notice, on 25 September 1986:

(1) What statistics are available on: (a) fatal; and (b) permanently disabling injuries incurred by: (i) professional, and (ii) amateur sportsmen engaged in official rugby league, rugby union, Australian rules and soccer matches in the 6 States and 2 Territories in the financial years 1983-84, 1984-85 and 1985-86.

(2) What, if any, uniform measures are in place between the States and Territories to monitor the level of violence in sport.


Senator Ryan —The Minister for Sport, Recreation and Tourism has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) Statistics on injuries in sport are not to my knowledge available by financial years by State at present from any Commonwealth Government source. The only State figures at present published are those from the New South Wales Sporting Injuries Committee (SIC). The relevant table from this report is attached.

(2) There are not, to my knowledge, uniform measures in place between the States and Territories to monitor the level of violence in sport.

Table 19

Table containing information as to numbers of cases of fatalities recorded and investigated by the SIC-division of total number of cases by sport and by year of incidence

Sport

No.

of

cases

Calendar years in which fatalities occurred

1977

1978

1979

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

1985

Australian Rules...

1

. .

. .

. .

. .

. .

1

. .

. .

. .

Canoeing...

2

. .

. .

. .

. .

. .

. .

2

. .

. .

Cycling...

5

1

. .

. .

1

1

1

1

. .

. .

Fishing...

2

. .

. .

. .

. .

1

1

. .

. .

. .

Hockey...

1

. .

. .

. .

. .

. .

. .

1

. .

. .

Horse-race Riding...

2

. .

. .

. .

. .

. .

. .

1

. .

Motor-cycling...

13

. .

. .

4

2

2

2

1

1

1

Polo...

2

. .

. .

. .

. .

. .

1

. .

1

. .

Pony Riding...

1

. .

. .

. .

. .

1

. .

. .

. .

. .

Rugby...

10

1

1

1

2

1

1

. .

2

1

Rugby League...

18

5

1

. .

1

3

1

1

4

2

Soccer...

1

. .

. .

. .

. .

1

. .

. .

. .

. .

Spearfishing...

1

. .

. .

. .

. .

. .

. .

. .

1

. .

Squash...

1

. .

. .

. .

. .

. .

. .

. .

1

. .

Touch Football...

2

. .

. .

. .

1

. .

. .

. .

1

. .

Totals...

62

7

2

5

7

10

8

7

12

4