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Wednesday, 11 December 2002
Page: 7753

Senator ALLISON (Victoria) (3.49 p.m.)—I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the introduction by Swimming Australia of a member protection policy requiring police checks for instructors and other sports officials who have unsupervised contact with children,

(ii) the call by the Australian Sports Commission that this requirement be extended to all sports within 12 months, and

(iii) that this requirement is already law in New South Wales and Queensland;

(b) congratulates Swimming Australia and the Australian Sports Commission for this initiative;

(c) urges the Federal Government, through the Council of Australian Governments process, to put in place nationally-consistent requirements for police checks for those who have unsupervised contact with children; and

(d) urges state governments:

(i) to extend this requirement to schools, particularly for teachers and others involved in school camps and other situations in which children may be vulnerable, and

(ii) to provide funds for groups and schools to cover the cost of such police checks.

Question agreed to.