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Debates Day 3 - Thursday 21 October 1993



Debates Day 3 - Thursday 21 October 1993

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Parliamentary Record 21


Debates for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994




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DEBATES - Thursday 21 October 1993 Strategy documents. However, as I stated earlier, the Northern Territory's population, culture and lifestyle are not representative of the overall Australian demography. This department's policy aims to take that fact into account when addressing the needs of Territory women in sport and recreation. This brings me to the main objectives of the policy. Firstly, the needs of girls and women in sport and recreation will be considered as an integral part of the Department of Sport and Recreation's responsibility to provide quality programs to the community. The following objectives represent a commitment by the department to improve the position of women and girls in sport and recreation in the Territory: (1) leadership and administration; (2) participation; (3) elite level participation; (4) education; (5) media and promotion; (6) sponsorship; (7) funding; (8) program development and evaluation; (9) liaison and information; and (10) facilities. As a further part of this policy, my department will encourage increased involvement by women and girls at all levels of sport and recreation administration and development in the Territory. The department's objective will be to increase the quality and quantity of opportunities for all women to participate as athletes, coaches, administrators or officials. This includes those individuals whose disadvantage is compounded by 'group' membership - for example, women with low socioeconomic status, older women, non-English-speaking women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, women who are geographically isolated or women with disabilities. The department will also encourage organisers to ensure that women enjoy fair and equitable opportunities, support, incentives and rewards in local, national and international levels of sport. Through this policy, the department will support the education of Northern Territory sporting and recreational organisations and allied agencies - being schools, cultural and ethnic groups - as to the needs, realities and perceptions of women and girls in sport. The department also will encourage the media to address the issue of the amount, style and presentation of coverage given to females in sport and recreation with a view to such coverage becoming fair and less biased. In recent times, this issue has sparked much debate. I refer honourable members to my previous comments in relation to the media. Women's sport has proved that it has a dedicated audience and that not only women but men also are included. Not only should the media be encouraged by the department to take an active role in promoting women's sport but its sponsors, who play a role in the support of women's sport, could also encourage the media to play 10 171

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