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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 05 Hansard (Tuesday, 22 August 1995) . . Page.. 1223 ..


School Sport

MR BERRY: I have a question that I direct to Mr Stefaniak in relation to the Government's hailed commitment to community consultation. You can see the line-up of people out there waiting to congratulate the people on the observance of that commitment.

MR SPEAKER: Ask the question, Mr Berry.

MR BERRY: Mr Speaker, you have said many times in the Assembly that Ministers can answer the questions as they like. How about letting the questioners ask the questions as they like. There is a long line-up of people who want to congratulate this Government on its promise of consultation, and this is another fine example of how they have stuck to it so firmly. Can the Minister advise the Assembly on the reason why consultation was conducted in Victoria? Why was a delegation sent to Victoria to investigate sport policy? Would it not be more appropriate to consult people here? Would you mind telling us how much all of this cost?

MR STEFANIAK: Mr Berry, I would not have a clue how much it cost to send them to Victoria, but I can find that out for you. A unit from the Department of Education went to Victoria recently because the Victorians - who have been rated by ACTSport and other sporting bodies at 8 out of 10 for school sport; in other words, doing very well - have introduced the Moneghetti report, which was a fairly sensible document commissioned by that Government in 1992. The report came down in 1993 and recommended, amongst other things, for high school kids 100 minutes of PE and 100 minutes of school sport.

There has been considerable consultation in relation to this issue, and there will be more, Mr Berry. To date, there has been the 1992 Senate report on PE and sport in schools in Australia, including the ACT; a 1992 survey of the leisure activities of ACT youth - - -

Mr Berry: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: The question I posed to Mr Stefaniak was to try to get the reason why the delegation was sent to Victoria. We were told that he did not have a clue on the cost. I just wondered whether he had a clue on why they went down there.

MR SPEAKER: Proceed, Mr Stefaniak. There is no point of order.

MR STEFANIAK: Thank you very much, Mr Speaker. There was also a 1991 Australian Sports Commission survey and the 1992 Aussie Sports report. More importantly, and Mr Berry should realise it because he was probably the Sport Minister at the time, there was a 1993-94 ACT Government PE and school sport consultative committee report, and there are a number of other reports as well. There are a number of recommendations in your report, Mr Berry, including compulsory PE up to Year 10. That was probably Mr Wood's report, although it worked between both education and sport.


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