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The Hon Bob Baldwin MP Federal Member for Paterson 4 September 2008


Paterson MP Bob Baldwin has congratulated a Tenambit woman who received a $3,500 Federal Government grant to attend the Junior World Diving Championships in Germany. Under the continuation of the Coalition Government’s highly successful Sports Leadership Grants for Women, diving judge Mrs Gillian Brooker from Diving

NSW has received the funding to assist with her airfare to attend the FINA Judges School in Aachen, Germany. Mr Baldwin joined the Shadow Sports Minister Pat Farmer in condemning the Rudd Government for claiming to be addressing an under representation of women in sport without adding one extra cent to this initiative. “Earlier this year Kate Ellis issued a paper stating ‘women have been sidelined and marginalised in Australian sport for too long’, yet the Minister is dressing up a successful Coalition programme as her own, and without adding one extra dollar of funding claiming to be addressing this issue,” said Mr Baldwin. “The Coalition put in place the Sports Leadership Grants for Women in 2002, and we were very proud to have supported around 15,500 women in sport in our time with over $2 million worth of funding,” he said. “This next round of funding is the continuation of the Coalition’s programme, which shows Kate Ellis’ lack of commitment to her ‘new direction.” “This just demonstrates the Rudd Government and is all spin and no substance.”

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