Parliamentary record : Part I debates (27 February 1990)
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DEBATES - Tuesday 27 February 1990 I would like to draw the attention of the Assembly to the work being done by the Offi ce of Youth, Sport and Recreation in an attempt to en sure that sport in the Territory is drug free. Towards the end of 1989, I signed into general sport and recreation policy a provision that individuals - be they coaches, administrators, officials or players - proven to be involved in the promotion, use, sale or distribution of performance enhancing substances would not receive government support for the further development of their respective sporting careers. In this regard, the relevant legislation gives authorities the power to press charges against individuals involved in such behaviour. This legislation is also very timely in that, during 1989, all sport and recreation ministers in Australia agreed to a national uniform drug testing program in sport. Currently, Australia is one of the few nations in the world where random drug testing of athletes is a nationally supported program. This applies to all level s of sport. The Commonwealth government has taken responsibil ity for random testing of national athletes while the state and the Northern Territory governments do likewise in their respective areas of juri sdiction. My office is currently developing detail s for the implementation of a random drug testing program in the Territory, a program which will test athletes during competition as well as during training. At the national level, Australia'll first drug testing clinic received international accreditation earlier this year. This clinic, situated in Sydney, provided drug testing facilities for the recent Commonwealth Games in Auckland, and we are all aware of some of those results. Prior to this, official Austral ian drug testing had to be carried out overseas, a very costly and time-consuming process. Australia can also boast of a national education program aimed at encouraging athletes to participate in drug-free sport. Mr Speaker, you and other members would be aware that 2 of our national athletes, Kerry Saxby and Darren Clark, are visiting the Territory to promote drug-free sport through sports clinics. These clinics are jointly funded by the Northern Terri tory and federal governments. When outstandi ng ath 1 etes such as these 2 young Australians can achieve world status through hard work, natural talent and determination, we should each take pride in their performances and make every effort to support them. I highl ight these programs as examples of how my sport and recreation portfolio is actively supporting this new legislation. Legislation such as this is but one step in the whole process of creating a drug-free society. Let us not kid ourselves. This legislation is only part of the story. Each of us has a responsibility to ensure that we do everything within our power to reinforce the principle behind the legislation. I have supported that principle, along with my sports and recreation colleagues nationwide, in actively addressing the misuse of drugs through policy, programs and education .. I support the legi slation. Mr EDE (Stuart): Mr Speaker, one of the strongest charges which children level against adults is that they are a mob of hypocrites. It is a fact. Adults are hypocrites. Children learn that at a very early age. It affects their relationship with adults and it affects their behaviour as the years go by. Mr Perron: Were you ever one yourself? Mr EDE: Unlike the Chief Minister, I am speaking about legislation which is to affect all Territorians, not only myself. 8842
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