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C o n f e d e r a t i o n o f A u s t r a l i a n Confederation of Australian Sport Inc.

1 Phipps Close

Deakin ACT 2600

PO Box 342,

Curtin, ACT 2605

Telephone: [06] 285 1887

Facsimile: [06] 282 3440

One Nation - Bad Sports

Sports lobby group the Confederation of Australian Sport has expressed disappointment over the lack of response from the One Nation party to its sports policy.

“ We were particularly interested to discuss one of our major sport for all initiatives with One Nation - a ‘parliamentary inquiry.....into sports infrastructure and provision in rural and regional Australia’,’’ said Steve Haynes chief executive of the Confederation of Australian Sport.

The Confederation of Australian Sport released its industry policy “ a whole new ball game” earlier this year and sought a response from all federal parliamentarians in March.

The importance of sport for rural Australians and in particular rural youth was highlighted in Elizabeth Whyhausen article in the Weekend Australian magazine “End of the Road” .

As one rural battler stated,

“if you’re not sports minded you would be inclined to be a drinker, because there’s nothing much else to do.”

The lack of interest in sport for rural Australia by the One Nation party, is in stark contrast to the interest and commitment shown by the federal member for Wide Bay, Warren Truss during this term of parliament.

Mr Truss chaired the parliamentary inquiry into sport and recreation facilities. The committee report - “a sporting chance” was released late last year.

The report clearly identifies the importance of sports facilities to all Australians.

It is anticipated that during the election campaign Prime Minister John Howard will announce an annual $50 million funding package to implement the full recommendations of the Truss report.

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Steve Haynes 02 6285 1887 (w) 04 1844 1756 30 June 1998