Debates Day 3 - Thursday 21 October 1993
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DEBATES - Thursday 21 October 1993 team that returned recently to Australia after playing in Europe. Provided injuries do not disrupt her training and she maintains her present form, it is almost certain that Nova Peris will be the second Territorian - and the first Territorian woman - to represent the Northern Territory at both the Commonwealth and Olympic Games. I am certain that I speak on behalf of all Territorians and members of this parliament when I wish her well in both events. In terms of participation levels, funding and success in sport, the record of the Northern Territory is unequalled in Australia. However, whilst that is a fact of life, it is no reason for us to rest on our laurels. The draft policy for women in sport and recreation and the proposals outlined in the minister's statement will further enhance the opportunities of Territorians in the field of sport. I recall that, several years ago, the federal Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories, Hon Ros Kelly, announced a program to involve more women in sport and to obtain better coverage of their participation in the media. It is interesting to note that 4 young ladies in the Northern Territory - 2 in the Top End and 2 in central Australia - are actively involved in sports reporting. The father of one is well known to honourable members as the Director of the Conservation Commission, Mattie Urvet. His daughter, Tiina Urvet, has been reporting on major sporting events here for some years. I understand that Angela Wade is the first female reporter to be put in charge of reporting Australian Rules Football from Marrara. That has happened this year. In central Australia, 2 women report on sport. Rebecca Johnson, a young lass who used to come to our place and play Barbie dolls with my daughter Kate, is now reporting on sporting events for the Centralian Advocate. The fourth female reporter in the Territory is a young lass named Dee Corcoran whose surname should ring a bell with members opposite. She is the great granddaughter of a former Premier of South Australia, Des Corcoran. Those women are saying that they can take it right up to the men in reporting. In fact, in many instances, I believe they do a better job than some of the men reporting in other areas. The minister referred to the participation rate of women in sport and recreation in the Northern Territory. He referred to 75% of women participating in a sport or recreation in a 12-month period. That is not the figure that I have, but that reflects an incredible level of participation particularly when it is compared with the national average of 25%. I believe that 3 r factors lead to that rate of participation. The first is obviously the climate that we enjoy in the Territory. The second is the high proportion of young people in our population. The third is the facilities that are available to people and the fourth is the large number of Aboriginal people across the Territory who enjoy a variety of sports. As we are aware, they have been very successful at the local and national level and that is something that sets an example to the states. Territory government funding of sport is well up on that in the states and compares very favourably with the national average. From memory, the Territory spends about $85 per head of population compared with the ACT where the funding level is closest to our own. It spends about $ 2 3 or $25 per head of population. Unlike the states, most of the Territory's sports funding comes, not from Consolidated Revenue, but from government-run lottery schemes which means that the taxpayer does not contribute directly to the funding of sport. In relation to women, I believe that the administration of sport in the Northern Territory is unequalled anywhere in Australia. Territorian women 10 177
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