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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 Mr Parish: Seven-a-side goat herding, Mr Speaker! Mrs PADGHAM-PURICH: No! I have other recreational activities. When we have to complete curriculum vitae, as we do from time to time, I nominate my interests as 'country pursuits'. That covers many activities. Mr Reed: I'll say it does! Mrs PADGHAM-PURICH: And I am interested in all of them! In his statement, the honourable minister mentioned that child-care facilities will be available when women play sport, but he neglected to mention one very important matter and that was the situation when pregnant women play sport. There was a case recently, and I do not know what the sport was but ... Mr Stirling: Basketball. Mrs PADGHAM-PURICH: I believe you are right. A pregnant woman was playing basketball and the members in the opposing team were very worried about playing against her. I believe they forfeited the match rather than play against her. To my mind, that is a pretty fair evaluation of the situation. When they are pregnant, some women are pretty hardy and are able to do most things that they do when they are not pregnant right up to the time of delivery of the baby. Others are rather more fragile and may be very susceptible to injury, ill-health and damage to the foetus. If a woman plays a team sport whilst she is pregnant, whilst that puts a very heavy responsibility on other members of her own team, it places an even greater responsibility on her team's opponents. I believe that the minister's failure to mention that aspect was a gross omission on his part. He cannot talk about child-care if he does not talk about where children come from. I do not know whether the minister has an elitist approach to sport or whether he was wearing blinkers when he delivered his statement, but he spoke only about group sport, or the implication was that it was group sport he was speaking about. And he said very little about recreation. There are innumerable recreational activities that people can pursue without having to be members of a group, and I am talking about the many passive forms of recreation. Mr Vale: Darts? Mrs PADGHAM-PURICH: Darts are normally played against a competitor. I am talking about activities such as stamp or coin collecting or, for those honourable members who like long words, philately and numismatics. I am talking about birdwatching, nature walking, dog breeding, possum caring and listening to country and western tapes. These are all activities that can be pursued for purposes of recreation by a person on their own. Mr Poole: Our sitting here and listening to you is a form of recreation. Mrs PADGHAM-PURICH: I am very pleased to hear it. Mr Speaker, I would like the minister to address that aspect because he spoke about groups throughout his statement, not individuals. He has to realise that groups are. made up of individuals and that there are many more individuals than there are groups. 10 182

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