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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 1Q93 that the minister did not spend much time on the subject of recreation in his statement. However, the dictionary defines 'recreation' as 'refreshment by means of some pastime, agreeable exercise or the like' and 'a pastime, diversion, exercise or other resource affording relaxation and enjoyment'. Speaking as a person who regards tiddlywinks as possibly the most energetic sporting activity that I can aspire to, I would be very interested to know the sort of recreational activities, aside from active sports, that will be encouraged under the minister's policy. Mrs Padgham-Purich: I am interested in that too. Mrs HICKEY: I know that, in some countries, some state and local government authorities set aside recreational areas, parks and the like specifically for women, and I think this is the case in places where women have objected to being pestered by unwelcome attentions from members of the opposite sex when they are trying to relax on beaches and so forth. While I do not necessarily advocate segregation of that kind, it might well be worth while for the department to consider applications for women who are looking for specific recreational places as well as recreational activities in order that they may participate in whatever recreational pastime they may prefer in a gender-specific area. I commend the statement and I will certainly distribute copies of the draft policy to women in my electorate who may be interested. I am sure the statement will be welcomed heartily. Mrs PADGHAM-PURICH (Nelson): Mr Speaker, it is not often that I speak on these wussy women's things but, after reading through what the honourable minister presented in his statement on women in sport and recreation, I felt I had to. I observed the minister very closely while he was reading this statement and it seemed to me that he read some parts with tongue-in-cheek. I know the minister very well and I believe my observation is correct. Mr Poole: No! Mrs PADGHAM-PURICH: The heading of this, 'Women in Sport and Recreation', is somewhat misleading. Insufficient thought has been given to the subject. I read through this statement a couple of times which is unusual for me with a paper of this kind. Throughout, sport has been considered synonomous with recreation. Recreation was mentioned. The minister spoke of sport and recreational activities but, at no time, did he clarify what he meant by 'recreation'. He mentions sport and he mentions the sport that women usually play, and we all know the sport that women play. If the minister would care to listen to my definition of sport and recreation, I have the same definitions from the dictionary as the member for Barkly has. However, to my mind, sport is something active and recreation is something passive. I am very disappointed that the minister did not pay more attention to recreation because I have many recreational pursuits, but I do not play much sport. I have little inclination to play with balls on a sports field. That does not interest me at all although I must say that, when I was a student, I rowed, played some tennis and practised fencing - with foils not ... Mr Reed: Barbed wire! Mrs PADGHAM-PURICH: Yes, with barbed wire. I have played sport in the past, but I find other things to do with my time now. 10 181

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