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Wednesday, 16 March 2005
Page: 134

Senator NETTLE (6:10 PM) —I was approaching the question from the possibility that the federal government may not live up to its word, which is another side of responsibility. I am pleased the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs raised the issue of no school, no pool because this is something that we talked about within the Select Committee on the Administration of Indigenous Affairs with, for example, the AMA. The AMA talked about the health benefits provided by having a pool in each community. We also talked with the AMA about the idea that it is not always as simple as no school, no pool. There may be other reasons why children are not going to school. For example, there may be difficulties in their housing situation, domestic violence or a whole lot of other reasons why children are not accessing the school, but that does not mean that there are not health benefits available for those individual children in being able to access a swimming pool.

Question agreed to.

Resolution reported; report adopted.

(Quorum formed)