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Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 23 May 1995



Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 23 May 1995

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Parliamentary Record 11


Debates for 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997




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DEBATES - Tuesday 23 May 1995 Conservation Commission wildlife parks are obviously a growth area with strong spin-offs to the tourism industry. The Territory Wildlife Park has been a great success, and it is pleasing to see progress continuing on the establishment of the Alice Springs Desert Wildlife Park. Museum and art gallery facilities seem to have done fairly well in the budget. This is good because these facilities play a significant role in the Territory, not least by their contribution to the tourism industry. Public programs seem to be the only activities to have been cut, and that is a shame. A new item in the budget is called recoverable projects. The minister might like to give some details of these projects. Sport has been cut by $ 1.309m in dollar terms. However, allowing for population growth and inflation, the cut in real terms is $1.5m. Recreation is not keeping pace with inflation. In fact, it has received a 4% cut in real terms. Major events have been cut by $0.5m. As we heard from the minister earlier, this is due largely to the absence of programs such as the biennial Arafura Sports Festival in this years budget. However, cuts to the sports budget mean that the very prominent promises made by the CLP in the lead-up to the last election were not worth the paper they were written on. I remember the advertisements telling people that, if they wanted to keep money in sport, they had to vote CLP. The CLP even used a local identity, Jason Jones, to push that message. The CLP promised to establish a sports academy if it was returned to government. Many people in the sports industry are waiting for that promise to be fulfilled but there is no doubt that this budget pushes that promise further into the distance. The CLP promised to expand regional sports development programs throughout the Territory. This is a fine idea, but it is expensive because of the cost of placing development officers throughout the Territory. With these cuts, that program also is receding into the distance. The CLP promised to continue to promote women in sport. The WISAR program is doing that. This program has received bipartisan support, but now it too may face cuts under this budget. Sports development officers and the coach-in-residence program are suffering because of this governments cuts in funding. Many people in the sports industry are champing at the bit to have these programs established, but the funds are simply not available to get them up and running. The promised sports academy would have provided up-to-date equipment and technology such as a sports laboratory for performance testing and a study of the effects of heat stress. This also will have to wait. It was interesting to hear the minister, in his wrap-up of the Arafura Sports Festival the other week, speak about the Territorys success. The final medal count had the Territory in front, but obviously the result was very close. Was that because the other competitors have improved on previous years results or was it because our athletes have not been able to develop their talents fully? How will our Territory athletes perform at the next Arafura Sports Festival without the benefit of the coaches-in-residence scheme and without the specialised performance testing and training program in place Tonight, we heard the minister refer to an interim program of $100 000 to bring elite athletes and coaches to assist sporting associations in the Territory. No doubt this program will be welcomed by those sporting bodies that have the opportunity to participate. What is happening with the hall of fame? The government proposed the idea some years ago. However, beyond granting a few thousand dollars for research, very little has been done, and there is no mention of it in this years budget. I would 3567