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Thursday, 23 March 1972
Page: 852


Senator WILLESEE - I preface a question to the Minister representing the Minister for the Interior by saying that some years ago I asked whether the Commonwealth would set a lead by setting up a boxing commission to eliminate, as far as possible, those obvious hazards in boxing brought about by lack of condition and all those other things about which we know so well. Because of the upsurge of boxing in Australia over the last couple of years I ask again whether the Commonwealth will examine the possibility of setting up a boxing commission in those territories under its control as a lead to the rest of Australia.


Senator COTTON - I think there is much merit in that suggestion. I do not know what the capacity of the Commonwealth is, but as a person who did some boxing in his early days and who has given it up as a sport which is much too tough, I think it would be a great pity if boxing as such were to come under a cloud. It is a good sport for people and it is a good thing to engage in so long as a person is not put in a harmful position. I welcome the suggestion and I shall pursue it.







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