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Sports lobby urges big effort on sports funding



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C o n f e d e r a t i o n o f A u s t r a l i a n

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Confederation of Australian Sport Inc.

1 Phipps Close Deakin ACT 2600 PO Box 342, Curtin, ACT 2605 Telephone: [06] 285 1887

Facsimile: [06] 282 3440

SPORTS LOBBY URGES BIG EFFORT ON SPORTS FUNDING —“ ' - i «·— « * t - uQh -

The message from Federal Sports Minister Andrew Thomson urging a big effort to “flood our (Commonwealth Games) athletes with good luck messages”, was welcomed by sports lobby group the Confederation of Australian Sport.

However it said that it will be viewed cynically by sporting organisations and the 4.5 million Australians who participate in sport.

Sports funding is set to be slashed after the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games from $89 million to $25 million.

The bad news for the future of sport was documented in the forward estimates of the 1998-99 budget papers.

“If the Government or Opposition are keen to piggy back on sporting prowess during the election campaign, greeting the success of our tennis heroes, our Commonwealth Games athletes and footy finalists with a $64 million funding cut will be both detrimental to the dynamic sports

industry and bad politics - especially for politicians with marginal seats”, said Steve Haynes, the chief executive of the Confederation of Australian Sport.

“Sport is already nervous about the effect of a 10% GST on sporting organisations, participation levels particularly in junior sport and the cost of watching events.”

Media inquires Steve Haynes 02 6285 1887 (w) 14 September 98 04 1844 1 756

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