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Friday, 19 April 1985
Page: 1549

(Question No. 65)


Mr Blunt asked the Minister for Sport, Recreation and Tourism, upon notice, on 22 February 1985:

(1) With regard to recommendation 12 of the report of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Expenditure of November 1983 entitled 'The Way We P(l)ay', did the Government in fact clarify the objectives and scope of the inaugural Australia Games before committing Commonwealth funding, if so when and where.

(2) What was the Government's total financial commitment to, and in connection with, these Games, including appropriations through the Sports Development Program, the International Standard Sports Facilities Program, or through any other program or appropriation, either direct or indirect.

(3) What is the precise financial and administrative relationship between the Government and (a) the Australian Games Foundation, (b) the Australia Games Board of Management and (c) the Australia Games Organising Committee.

(4) What were the financial results of the Games, itemised by income from (a) marketing and sponsorship of the Games, (b) ticket sales, (c) the sale of television rights and (d) any other relevant item.

(5) What was the total expenditure incurred by the Australia Games Foundation itemised by relevant categories.

(6) Is he able to say whether the Games were a financial success.

(7) What overseas countries participated at the Games, and how many participants attended from each country.

(8) How many Federal Ministers attended the Games.


Mr John Brown —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) On 13 September 1984 I tabled in the Parliament the Government's response to the recommendations contained in the McLeay report. In that response I advised that the Australia Games Foundation had clarified the scope and objectives of the Games. These are as published in my Department's 1983-84 annual report. As a result, the Government agreed to provide $800,000 to support the Australia Games in Melbourne.

(2) The Government's financial commitment to the Australia Games can be categorised in three ways. First, direct assistance to Games costs for which $800,000 was provided in 1984-85. Secondly, direct administrative assistance to the Australia Games Foundation from the Sports Development Program consisting of grants of $50,000 in 1981-82, $180,000 in 1982-83, $60,000 in 1983-84 and $100,000 in 1984-85. Assistance in 1981-82, 1982-83 and 1983-84 related to the Games Foundation's endeavours to establish the inaugural Australia Games in Sydney in January 1984.

The third category relates to facility development under the then International Standard Sports Facilities Program where $500,000 ($89,500 in 1983-84 and $410,500 in 1984-85) was provided on a dollar-for-dollar basis with the Victorian Government to upgrade the Olympic Park Athletics Track.

(3) The extent of Commonwealth financial support for the Australia Games is indicated in the answer (2) above. (a) The Australia Games Foundation was registered on 10 March 1983, under the Companies Act 1961 (Victoria), as an incorporated company limited by guarantee. (b) The Commonwealth has two representatives on the Australia Games Board of Management. (c) The Commonwealth also provided two representatives on the Australia Games Organising Committee which was established by the Board of Management, in consultation with the Victorian Government, to organise the Games in Melbourne from 26 January to 3 February 1985.

(4), (5) and (6) At this stage, because individual sporting organisations have yet to complete audited financial statements in respect of each event conducted and provide them to the Australia Games Foundation, it is too early to provide a final summary of the Games expenditure and revenue budget. Audited financial statements are to be consolidated by the Foundation and will include revenue still coming into the Foundation's account. However, I am advised that current predictions are that there could be a shortfall once all accounts have been received.

(7) Thirty-one overseas countries were represented at the Games by 804 competitors and officials as follows:

Belgium (1), Brazil (16), Bulgaria (26), Canada (47), China (77), Denmark (4), England (66), Fiji (1), Finland (1), France (1), Holland (1), Hong Kong (7), Indonesia (2), Italy (70), Japan (47), South Korea (11), Malaysia (10), New Zealand (214), Norway (1), Papua New Guinea (15), Poland (2), Sweden (3), Switzerland (8), Tahiti (3), Thailand (8), Trinidad and Tobago (13), USA (94), USSR (19), Vanuatu (2), West Germany (20), Western Samoa (14).

(8) I was the only Federal Minister to attend the Games in an official capacity.