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Kate Lundy - Kim Beazley's Plan For Sport Monday, 29 October 2001

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Kim Beazley's Plan For Sport Kate Lundy - Shadow Minister for Sport

Media Statement - 27 October 2001

Labor's Plan for Sport was launched in Seymour, Victoria today by Shadow Sports Minister Senator Kate Lundy.

"Labor's Plan for Sport is based on making sport and recreation more accessible and safer for all Australians, no matter where they live or what they earn," said Senator Lundy.

"Labor understands the social value of investing in community-based sport and recreation. We know that sport at the grassroots level provides many benefits, including improved individual and community wellbeing. That is why Labor will re-prioritise funding towards program delivery so that Australian's living in regional, rural and remote areas will have full opportunities to participate in sport.

"Labor's Plan for Sport addresses sports injury prevention by initiating two very important programs that will allow parents to feel more confident that their children are better protected when they play organised sport.

"Labor will also reinstate funding to Recfish Australia, so the millions of Australians who enjoy recreational and sports fishing will have a representative voice with government.

Labor's Plan for Sport:

Allocates $900,000 to sports injury prevention programs. ● Allocates $300,000 to Recfish Australia as the peak representative body representing the interests of Australian anglers. ●

Allocates $300,000 to RecLink, to provide recreation for people who experience social disadvantage. ●

Commits $7.8 million over four years to implement the Water Safety Council's National Water Safety Plan. ●

Commits over $2 million to women's sport. ● Maintains the current funding levels for Olympic and Paralympic Games, Commonwealth Games ●

and World Championships.

Initiates an Australian Sporting Heritage Foundation (ASH) to preserve and promote our sporting traditions. ●

"Labor recognises that achieving sporting excellence can only be assured if there is a commitment to increasing community participation in sport as well as ensuring greater access to a safer sporting and recreational environment," Senator Lundy said.

Authorised by Geoff Walsh, 19 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600.

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Kim Beazley's Plan for Sport Monday, 29 October 2001

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Overview ● The Howard Government's Failures ● Broken Promises The GST and Sport ❍

Funding for Sport ❍ Cutbacks to Community Sport ❍ Women in Sport ❍ Indigenous Sport Misses Out - Yet Again ❍

Squandered Olympic Legacy ❍ White Paper on Sport ❍ Olympic Funding ❍


Kim Beazley's Plan for Sport Making Sport Safer ❍ Participation ❍ RecLink ❍

Recreational Fishing ❍ Expanding Community Access to Facilities ❍ Water Safety ❍ Rural and Regional Australia ❍

Elite Sport ❍ Stability for ASC and the AIS ❍ Supporting National Sporting Organisations ❍ Disability and Paralympic Sport ❍

Drugs in Sport/ASDA ❍ Indigenous Sport ❍ Women's Sport ❍


Sporting Heritage ❍ Costing ●


Australia has an impressive sporting heritage. Our international success in sport contributes significantly to our sense of national identity and pride. While only a few Australians reach the pinnacle of elite sport, their efforts act as an inspiration to all of us. Our elite athletes not only proudly represent and reflect our culture, lifestyle and ambitions, they encourage us to be active and involved for the social enjoyment and health benefits that sport brings to our lives.

Labor recognises that our ongoing success can only be assured if there is a commitment to increasing community participation in sport and recreation, as well as achieving sporting excellence.

Labor understands the social value of investing in community-based sport. Sport at the grassroots level provides many benefits, including improving public health. This in turn helps to lower the burden on the public health system.

Sport can also be described as the social 'glue' that binds many communities together by providing regular opportunities for people of different generations, gender, vocations and backgrounds to have fun together. Labor recognises that social inclusion means providing a safe and properly resourced environment to ensure that no one is denied opportunities to be an active Australian.

Community sport means much more than participation because it encompasses the coaches, referees, administrators and parents - most of whom are volunteers - who play a crucial role in our sporting success. This contribution, which provides a social dividend for all, is acknowledged and recognised by Labor through our strong commitment to sport and recreation in Australian communities. Sport is a coalescing force that gives so many regions a sense of identity through a common interest.

The Howard Government's Failures

After years of budget cutbacks and short-sighted funding cuts to community sport, the Howard Government belatedly responded to Labor's pressure and restored funding for sport. While Labor welcomed this overdue restoration, we remain critical of the Coalition's priorities.

The Howard Government has squandered precious resources on consultants, reports, reviews, inquiries, unnecessary media events, ministerial stunts and costly glossy publications - at the same time they slashed funding to sport at both the elite and community levels.

Broken Promises

The GST And Sport

BOX START "I am quite encouraged that the Treasurer has got it absolutely right as far as non-profit organisations are concerned." Jackie Kelly, Minister for Sport, House of Representatives, 8 February 1999. BOX END

The GST is the biggest barrier confronting non-profit sport and recreation clubs in Australia. The overwhelming criticism from community organisations is that the GST is responsible for decreasing membership and the decline of volunteers. Hundreds of community-based sport and recreation organisations have lost volunteer administrators/treasurers because of the extra workload imposed by the GST and the Business Activity Statement (BAS).

Since John Howard's 'never ever' GST tax was introduced:

It costs more to register in a sporting competition; ● It costs more to attend a sporting event; ● It costs more to buy equipment to participate in sport; ● It costs more to buy uniforms; and ●

It costs more to attend coaching and training courses. ● BOX START "It's killing them. Compliance cost in terms of the GST is a huge time cost for the volunteers and they're just not willing to do it. They're not willing to be a tax collector for the government." Julie Sarll, chief executive officer of Vicsport, The Age 5 August 2001 BOX END

Funding For Sport

The Coalition committed itself to maintain funding for sport and recreation.

BOX START "Under the Coalition, Federal funding has been maintained for sport and recreation. At the same time there has been an expansion in the size and scope of the Federal delivery mechanism." A Winning Advantage, Coalition election policy, 1998. BOX END

In the 1996 Budget, the Howard Government cut over $20 million from the Sports Commission, resulting in more than 25 sports losing some or all of their funding. In 2000, the Howard Government cut $16 million from sport and brought an end to the highly successful Olympic Athlete Program (OAP), initiated by Labor in 1994. Only pressure from the ALP and sporting organisations led to a policy back flip and a belated restoration of funding in 2001.

Cutbacks To Community Sport

The Howard Government meanly wielded the funding axe on community sport, cutting the important and successful Sport and Recreation Development Grants program. These grants were the lifeblood of regional and community-based sporting organisations, with grants used to train coaches, volunteers and administrators and keep community sport programs operational.

BOX START "Leisure Networks, which operates the (Geelong-based) regional sports assembly has lost 40 per cent of its income as a result of the cuts…the… shortfall left (us) with no other option but to abandon long-established grassroots programs." The Geelong Advertiser, 14 July 2001. BOX END BOX START "The Federal Government has gone for elite athletes rather than grass roots. In our view this is ridiculous because you need to have grass roots athletes before you have elite ones." Corangamite Shire Councillor, Brendon Ryan, Camperdown Chronicle, 10 August 2001. BOX END

Women In Sport

The Howard Government promised to increase the profile of women's sport in Australia and increase female participation in both physical activity and senior administrative positions.

BOX START "The Government is supporting measures to improve the involvement of women and girls in sport, including at leadership and administrative levels." Senator Newman, Minister assisting the Prime Minister on the Status of Women, May 1999. BOX END

The Howard Government has not honoured these commitments. In fact, one of the first things Mr Howard did was scrap the Prime Minister's Women in Sport Award, which was very important in raising the profile of Australia's female athletes and creating role models for girls and young women.

Indigenous Sport Misses Out - Yet Again

BOX START "We have made reconciliation a major item on the agenda of this government. We also want to show the world what we have done." Jackie Kelly, Minister for Sports, Sunday, 18 July 1999. BOX END

Showing the world what the Howard Government has done for Indigenous sport wouldn't take too long!

Of the $161 million allocated over four years in the Coalition's 'A More Active Australia' policy, a miserly $1.5 million was earmarked for Indigenous Sports Programmes.

With overwhelming evidence highlighting an appalling lack of sporting and recreational infrastructure in Aboriginal and Islander communities, the Howard Government's meanness towards Indigenous sporting needs is disgraceful.

Squandered Olympic Legacy

When John Howard was Leader of the Opposition, he declared that a future Howard Government would establish a 2000 Plus Task Force: BOX START "To advise the Coalition in Government on ways and means of ensuring that the benefits of the Olympic Games in 2000 are preserved for years beyond. It would be a great shame if the benefits were once only, and the purpose of the2000 Plus task force will be to ensure that those benefits are harnessed for future years for all Australians." John Howard, Homebush Aquatic Centre, 3 February 1996. BOX END

Another broken promise: we have never seen or heard of the 2000 Plus Task Force since February 1996. The Coalition has not created a lasting Olympic legacy; instead, Mr Howard instituted massive funding cuts over successive budgets, endangering any long-term benefits.

White Paper On Sport

At the 1998 election, the Coalition committed itself to:

BOX START "Commission a White paper on Sport and Recreation post-2000 to lay the base for a comprehensive policy statement that addresses principles, defined policy goals and objectives." A Winning Advantage, Coalition election policy, 1998. BOX END

When the sport White Paper was belatedly released, at a cost to taxpayers of $270,000, it advocated

increased funding for sport, a policy at odds with the Howard Government's massive cuts over five years to the sport budget. The Coalition subsequently disowned the White Paper. Jackie Kelly was forced to admit that she had shelved the $270,000 White Paper and the Coalition's policy for sport.

Olympic Funding

Labor introduced the Olympic Athlete Program (OAP) in 1994 to provide $135 million for elite athlete training, sports science and medicine, research, elite coaching and expertise and athlete career and education programs.

The Coalition inappropriately allowed OAP to lapse, causing a sporting 'brain drain' of our top coaches, sports scientists and technical experts. The out-of-touch Howard Government has slashed approximately $60m from sport since 1996 and this roller-coaster funding ride has caused anxiety and insecurity within Australian elite sport.

BOX START "The migration of coaches is taking on epidemic proportions. There is an exodus of coaching and science expertise from the system that will make it impossible for Australia to maintain its current level of performance post-Sydney. The loss of OAP funding in particular has created a high level of insecurity…if we can't retain the OAP funding, the system will regress rapidly. This is not just about dollars. It's about retaining knowledge, experience and skills." Wally Foreman, director Western Australian Institute for Sport, May 2000 BOX END

Kim Beazley's Plan for Sport

Making Sport Safer

One of the biggest concerns for Australian parents is knowing that their children can participate in sporting activities safely, particularly activities that are part of organised competitions or events.

Labor believes that federal leadership is vital in the area of sports injury prevention, which costs the Australian community more than $1.65 billion annually. That is why the previous Labor Government initiated the Safer Sport Program, which was inappropriately scrapped by the Howard Government.

Labor will initiate two very important programs to reduce the risk of injury, and allow parents to be more confident that their children are protected and supervised when they participate in organised physical activities.

Safer Sport and Physical Activity

Labor will commit $600,000 to the Safer Sport and Physical Activity for all Australians initiative.

This initiative puts in place structures and processes to reduce the level of injury in sport and help overcome pre-existing conditions as a barrier to physical activity. It also delivers synchronisation of sports injury prevention programs, a measure that will ensure parents and children are provided with all the necessary information they need about playing sport safely.

Labor will provide national co-ordination of information sharing between Commonwealth and State/Local government agencies, National Sporting Organisations, the health sectors, schools and the

many volunteers whose efforts and support keep sport and recreation functioning, to deliver national injury prevention public education materia.

Safety in Organised Sport

Labor will commit $300,000 to our Safety in Organised Sport initiative.

This policy initiative will ensure that National Sporting Organisations (NSOs) have both the incentive and the capacity to implement sporting injury prevention programs in all activities and to promote safer participation in sport.

Labor will work with NSOs in co-ordinating sports safety programs, assist NSOs in developing and implementing sports safety plans and support the gathering and production of sport-specific safety plans.


Labor recognises that increasing participation means more than just boosting club membership. Labor will target those areas most in need of sporting and recreational programs, such as outer metropolitan districts, regional and rural Australia, older Australians and those most at risk from the growing trends towards sedentary lifestyles.

Labor is also committed to increasing community participation by fostering real partnerships between National Sporting Organisations, the sports industry, Federal, State and local governments and local clubs and sporting organisations.

Labor also recognises that many recreational activities enjoy tremendous popular support, and in some cases may warrant assistance at a federal level. Labor will assess the feasibility of including recreational activities within Active Australia's charter so that Australians participating in non-traditional physical activities are recognised and assisted.


Labor believes that every Australian, especially those on low incomes and facing other social barriers, should enjoy equal opportunities to participate in sporting and recreational activities.

Labor will provide $300,000 over four years to fund and expand the services of RecLink.

Labor will assist RecLink in providing recreational and sporting activities to people who experience social disadvantage, such as homelessness, unemployment, substance abuse and addiction, poverty, alienation, behavioural disorders and mental illness.

RecLink will operate in conjunction with other agencies to provide meaningful and invaluable opportunities for people who would otherwise not be given the chance to be part of a community and participate in activities that make an enormous difference to their mental and physical outlook.

Recreational Fishing

Recreational and sports fishing is one of Australia's most popular activities. When the Howard Government cut all funding to Recfish Australia, they severed the major avenue for recreational and

sports fishers to represent their interests and concerns and excluded the fishing community from being formally involved in water safety programs.

Labor will rebuild this vital link between government and the millions of Australians who participate in recreational fishing. Labor will recognise and fund Recfish Australia as the peak representative body representing the interests of Australian anglers, club members and non-club members.

Labor will provide $300,000 to Recfish Australia to deliver national leadership to the recreational fishing industry and provide quality services to its members and contribute to the sustainability of fisheries resources.

Expanding Community Access To Facilities

Lack of access to sporting facilities is one of the main reasons for the declining rates of participation, especially among young Australians. In many parts of Australia there are quality facilities that are inaccessible to the general community, especially school-age children. Labor believes that greater public access to existing facilities will alleviate the demands for more sporting infrastructure and the development of duplicate facilities.

Labor will seek to implement the recommendations of a 1997 report, Rethinking the Funding of Community Sporting and Recreational Facilities: A Sporting Chance, to increase community use of the many sporting facilities that are presently under-used.

Water Safety

Labor is committed to making water activities safer and to reduce the number of lives lost in water-related accidents. That is why Labor has consistently called for the implementation of the Australian Water Safety Council's National Water Safety Plan.

Labor endorsed the Commonwealth's belated commitment of over $7.8 million to the National Water Safety Plan. Labor will ensure co-ordination of specific water safety related projects and facilitate research and water safety education programs. Additionally, Labor will identify and prioritise major water safety issues and deliver better management of aquatic locations by targeting key areas of risk.

Rural And Regional Australia

After years of funding cuts, Labor will re-build opportunities for regional and rural communities to participate in sport and recreation.

Under Labor, Active Australia will re-prioritise their funding towards program delivery and increased sports medicine, resources and field officers so that Australians living in regional, rural and remote areas will have opportunities in sport and recreation.

Elite Sport

Labor will continue the Sports Excellence Program that provides more than $400 million over four years. Labor will maintain the current funding levels for Olympic and Paralympic Games, Commonwealth Games and World Championships so that Australia continues to be a world leader in sporting expertise,

talent and infrastructure.

Labor will build on the momentum created by the Sydney Olympics, with a particular focus on our world-recognised sports science, research and high performance coaching and administration.

Stability For The ASC And AIS

Labor recognises that both the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) have already undergone a period of extensive restructuring, inquiries and reviews.

Labor will allow the Sports Commission and the Institute of Sport a period of consolidation and certainty to enable these continue their roles in providing sporting excellence to the community.

Labor guarantees stability and surety for the AIS and is committed to its continued role in Canberra as the centre for sporting excellence in Australia. Under Labor, the AIS will not be broken up or decentralised, but will enjoy strong support from a Government committed to continued success on elite sport.

Supporting National Sporting Organisations

Labor recognises that National Sporting Organisations (NSOs) are at the forefront of Australia's sports system and play a core role in elite sport and in the development of sporting structures in Australia. Labor recognises and supports these core functions, especially in developing sports at the elite level, and the vital role NSOs play in initiating real partnerships with State and local governments, regional sports assemblies and Australia's sporting clubs.

Labor will foster and develop the relationship between all National Sporting Organisations and the wider sporting community to help them meet key criteria and continue to build both junior development and national competitions.

Disability & Paralympic Sport

Labor endorses the current and future funding commitments for athletes with disabilities, including approximately $15 million specifically earmarked for Paralympic Games and for sport for people with disabilities.

In government, Labor will work with the Australian Paralympic Committee and disability sports organisations to promote research and sports science for athletes with disabilities.

Labor, where appropriate, will continue to promote the inclusion of athletes with disabilities into the mainstream sporting system.

Drugs In Sport/ASDA

Labor has a proud record in tackling the use of illegal substances in sport and supporting the Australian Sports Drug Agency (ASDA) as a world-leader in the fight to make sport free from illegal performances. Many of the initiatives established by Labor were maintained by the Coalition. However in the last Budget, the Howard Government inappropriately allocated $7.6 million in new funding to the Department of Sport rather than the appropriate agency, ASDA.

Labor believes that the more appropriate recipient of this funding is the Australian Sports Drug Agency, where it will be used to enhance drug testing and ensure that Australia remains a world leader in addressing the use of banned substances in sport.

Labor will re-prioritise this funding to achieve better outcomes in the battle to make Australian sport as free as possible from prohibited substances.

Indigenous Sport

Sport is an essential component in sustaining Aboriginal and Islander communities and has been a major factor in reducing juvenile violence, crime and suicide.

Evidence shows that access to sporting facilities and organised competitions is extremely important to Indigenous people and helps sustain and re-build community wellbeing by providing a sense of belonging, loyalty and coherence.

Lack of funding for Indigenous sport is a serious problem. Labor will work with National Sporting Organisations and the Australian Sports Commission to expand the reach of the Indigenous Sport Program (ISP) and create more opportunities for Indigenous athletes and greater access to equipment, skills training and competitions.

Women's Sport

Raising the status, profile, opportunities and role of Australia's female athletes and women of all age groups involved in sport is a priority for Labor.

Labor will commit $2.4 million to restore and raise the role of Australian women involved in all aspects of physical activity.

Labor will restore The Prime Minister's Women in Sport Award, which was scrapped by the Howard Government. Labor will also pursue the recommendations contained in An Illusory Image, A Report on the Media Coverage and Portrayal of Women's Sport in Australia, to promote women's sport in the media, ensure that women's sport is properly covered by the mainstream media, especially television, and raise the national profile of Australian sportswomen.

Further, Labor will expand and increase the emphasis of the Australian Sports Commission's Women In Sport Unit to further program delivery and provide important statistical data.

Sporting Heritage

Labor's vision for an Olympic legacy includes promoting and displaying our proud and world-recognised sporting traditions from all fields of historic sporting importance to the nation.

Labor will initiate an Australian Sporting Heritage Foundation (ASH), an umbrella body, overseen by the Commonwealth, to systematically collect, catalogue and display popular sporting memorabilia and memories.

Labor envisages that the Australian Sporting Heritage Foundation will bring sport to the people through a permanent sporting gallery, a web site and possibly a travelling road show involving interactive displays,

past and present champions and coaching clinics.


  01/02 02/03 03/04 04/05 TOTAL

Safer Sport and Physical Activity (*) 0 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.6

Safety in Organised Sport (*) 0 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.3

Recreational Fishing (*) 0 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.3

RecLink (*) 0 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.3

Women's Sport (*) 0 0.8 0.8 0.8 2.4

Sports Heritage Foundation 0 0 0 0 0

Community Access 0 0 0 0 0

Funds to ASDA (**) 0 1.9 1.9 1.9 5.7

TOTAL (millions) 0 3.2 3.2 3.2 9.6

(*) These initiatives will be funded from existing funding for the Active Australia program.

(**) Re-directed DISR Tough on Drugs funding

The costing table above reflects the full value of Kim Beazley's Plan for Sport. The net impact on the Budget ($m) is:

01/02 02/03 03/04 04/05 TOTAL

0 0 0 0 0

Authorised by Geoff Walsh, 19 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600.