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Tuesday, 6 December 1983
Page: 3243

Mr FISHER —My question is directed to the Minister for Sport, Recreation and Tourism. Has the Federal Government reached a decision concerning funding and support for the Australian Paraplegic and Quadriplegic Sports Federation's submission to stage the 1988 Disabled Olympic Games in Canberra? If it has not, when will a favourable decision be made in light of the fact that the Federation must make its final presentation to the world selection committee in Innsbruck in January of next year?

Mr JOHN BROWN —The Government is presently examining the proposition. The decision properly rests with the Minister for Territories and Local Government, who will have responsibility for the Games if they are staged in Canberra. All I am prepared to say is that this Government is very favourably disposed towards the staging of the paraplegic olympics in Canberra, particularly in our bicentennial year. As 13 per cent of Australians suffer some handicap of some kind it would obviously be a very reasonable proposition to Australia's handicapped people if that function took place in Canberra. We will be making every effort we can, within the limits of economic feasibility, to see that those Games are staged.

Mr Fisher —Will they know by January?

Mr JOHN BROWN —I cannot tell the honourable member at this stage when the decision will be made. I am prepared to say that the subject is under discussion .