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Wednesday, 19 September 1973
Page: 1227

Mr JACOBI (HAWKER, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I address a question to the Minister for Tourism and Recreation. Is it a fact that in the past month I have made repeated representations to the Minister on behalf of the Australian Paraplegic Association for an allocation of funds? Can he now indicate what action he intends to take on its request for financial assistance?

Mr STEWART (LANG, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Tourism and Recreation) - The honourable member is correct. He has been most persistent and insistent. Until now, it was impossible for me to give a decision. However, I am happy to say that I have decided to make a grant of $4,000 towards the cost of staging the Australian Paraplegic and Quadriplegic Games which will be held next month in Adelaide. The grant represents 10 per cent of the total cost of organising the event. The cost of staging these games in Adelaide is estimated at $40,400. So, our grant of $4,000 is a very modest one. The rest of the necessary cost has been contributed by the Paraplegic Association itself together with funds made available by business houses and local authorities in Australia. I would like to make it clear that this grant, coming out of the Budget allocation for sporting associations, was not given to the paraplegics because they are afflicted. It was allocated because they are sportsmen and sportswomen fully entitled to receive aid as is any other national sporting organisation. Everybody admires the courage of our wheelchair sportsmen and sportswomen and their determination not to give in but to fight on. They are great examples of the classic definition of the Olympic ideal which is that the important thing is not to win but to take part.

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