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Kate Lundy - Sport Budget: Government Must Get Balance Right

http://www.alp.org.au//media/0501/klmssbud210501.html Friday, 25 May 2001

Sport Budget: Government Must Get Balance Right Kate Lundy - Shadow Minister for Sport

Media Statement - 21 May 2001

"While the ALP welcomed last month's announcement of restorative funding for sport, Labor is concerned that tomorrow's budget does not address areas of sporting disadvantage and lack of access and opportunities which still exist," the Shadow Minister for Sport, Senator Kate Lundy, said today.

"The Coalition has never got the balance right between the sporting needs of elite athletes and sport and recreational participation in the general community.

"There are many Australians - especially those living in rural and regional areas, women, older Australians, Indigenous people and those with disabilities - who do not have equal access to sport and recreational facilities, expertise and programs.

"The Coalition has already announced the budget funding package for sport, so the only unknown in Tuesday's budget is how they will divide up the money.

"If Australia is to build on the magnificent achievements of the Sydney Olympics and provide a genuine sporting legacy available to all Australians, then greater attention must be paid to community-based sport.

"After five years of bad budget news for the sport and recreation sector, the Coalition has a chance to equitably redress the imbalances created by their failure to provide access and opportunities for all the community," Senator Lundy said. Authorised by Geoff Walsh, 19 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600.

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