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Darwin football match an extraordinary success.

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Darwin Football Match an Extraordinary Success

IPS 004/2003

Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Philip Ruddock, today congratulated ATSIC Chairman Geoff Clark and his organisation for the outstanding success of the Australian Rules football match they co-sponsored in Darwin during the weekend.

The match was also actively supported by the AFL, the NTAFL, the Northern Territory government, Rio Tinto and a host of volunteers.

Mr Ruddock said the decisive win by the ATSIC Chairman's All Stars in front of more than 17,000 people at Darwin's Marrara Oval was an extraordinary result.

'The ATSIC Chairman's strategy of involving Indigenous people in sport and bringing Indigenous people together with non-Indigenous people at major events such as in Darwin is producing real dividends.

'The value of such events is immeasurable, not only for the pride they generate among Indigenous people but also for the healthy lifestyles they promote,' Mr Ruddock said.

The Minister said such events were also invaluable because of the way they developed improved relationships and created a positive and constructive atmosphere.

These events are part of Mr Clark's strategic commitment to harnessing the power of sport to reducing indigenous disadvantage.

'I wish Mr Clark and ATSIC every success with his future events including an ATSIC Chairman's XI versus Prime Minister's XI cricket match scheduled next month in Adelaide.'

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10 February 2003