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Budget 2009: $21.1 million to enhance Australia's anti-doping framework.

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12 May 2009

$21.1 Million to Enhance Australia’s Anti-Doping Framework

The Rudd Government will reinforce its tough stance on doping in sport by investing an extra $21.1 million over four years to keep Australia at the forefront of international anti-doping efforts.

In a sports-loving country like Australia, a strong anti-doping system is essential to protect the integrity of sporting competitions and the values that sport promotes within the community.

The Rudd Government is also determined to protect as much as possible against the potentially harmful health effects of using prohibited substances and methods.

The Government’s announcement today sends a clear message that doping is simply unacceptable in sport.

This funding for the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) will help Australian athletes participate on a level playing field where all athletes are subject to the same anti-doping rules, sanctions and procedures - both domestically and internationally.

Under this measure, ASADA will be provided with the resources it needs to continue its fight against doping and enhance the Government’s internationally-renowned anti-doping program.

It will enable ASADA to meet its international obligations, as specified under the UNESCO International Convention against Doping in Sport, and address increases in workloads caused by changes to the World Anti-Doping Code, which took effect from 1 January 2009.

ASADA maintains a strategic, targeted and efficient anti-doping program through education, deterrence, detection and enforcement.

The additional funding will bring the Government’s commitment to eliminating doping in sport to $54.5 million over four years.

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