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Media Release


Jackie KeIly

Minister for Sport and Tourism


Tuesday, 9 March 1999  







Federal Minister for Sport and Tourism. Jackie Kelly, today announced four appointments to the nation’s high profile anti-doping organisation. the Australian Sports Drug Agency (ASDA).


Current serving board member Diane Sias. the General Manager of Banking Services at Westpac, has been elevated to the position of Chairperson.


Diane Sias has been selected for the impressive leadership skills and business know how she will bring to the pivotal position on the board.


Dr Andrew McLachlan. a leading pharmacist and research scientist with extensive experience conducting and evaluating drug trials, has been appointed as a member of the ASDA board.


Minister Kelly said she was delighted that Dr McLachlan had agreed to make such a demanding contribution to drugs in sport.


“Drugs in sport is one of the biggest issues facing sport today. No sport can afford to consider itself immune from insidious performance enhancement practices, including doping,” she said.


Dr Brian Sando and Sharon Buchanan. both currently serving board members, have been reappointed to the board for a two-rear term.


Minister Kelly said that these appointments together with the proposed legislative changes before the Parliament to step up its campaign against drug cheats are part of the Government’s tougher anti-doping strategy that will take Australia through to 2000 and beyond.


“The continued success of the Australian Sports Drug Agency is critical to Australia’s reputation as a leader in the fight against doping in sport.


“A strong and dynamic board. with the technical depth and flexibility to deal with the increasing complexity of issues surrounding drugs in sport. is also integral to the sporting and business success of the Sydney 2000 Games)’


The Minister thanked the inaugural and outgoing chairperson, Professor Peter Baume AO for the valuable contribution and leadership he has provided to the work of the agency.


“Professor Baume has worked hard to give Australia an anti-drugs in sport organisation that is arguably the best in the world.” she said.


Media inquiries: Peter Cassuben

CMR119 Minister Kelly’s Office 

 0417 980 009