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Thursday, 22 May 1980
Page: 3219

Mr Kerin asked the Minister for Home Affairs, upon notice, on 1 April 1980:

(   1 ) Was a report commissioned following the performance by Australia 's athletes at the Montreal Olympic Games; if so, (a) what was the title of the report and (b) what were its (i) contents and (ii) recommendations.

(2)   Has any action been taken on the report; if so, what action.

Mr Ellicott - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) There was no special report commissioned following the ' performance by Australia's athletes at the Montreal Olympic Games. However, there was a review of health and welfare programs being undertaken at that time. The Government requested the Task Force undertaking the review to consider and advise it on the role the Commonwealth should take in assisting sport.

This Task Force on Co-ordination in Welfare and Health in its first report Proposals for Change in Administration and Delivery of Programs and Services (paragraphs 160-172) considered support for international sport and national sporting bodies. The report identified tasks in sports development which the Task Force felt were the responsibility of the Commonwealth.

(2)   The report was used in the development of the Government's Sports Development Program which was introduced in 1977-78 with an appropriation of Sim and which, in 1 979-80 allocated $2m for sport.

The report also supported the recommendations in the report of the Australian Sports Institute Study Group which was tabled in the Parliament on 29 April, 1 976. The Government announced in January this year, the establishment of the Australian Sports Institute which is scheduled to open in Canberra early in 1981.

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