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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 14 Hansard (12 December) . . Page.. 4809 ..


MR WOOD: My question is to the Minister for Sport. Minister, can you confirm that futsal will not be a sport played at the 2000 Olympics and that FIFA has withdrawn all soccer from future Olympic Games?

MR STEFANIAK: No, I do not think I can, Mr Wood. I understand that there is still some possibility that futsal might well still be in the running as a sport in the Olympic Games. In relation to withdrawing all soccer, I have not heard that one before, Mr Wood. Perhaps you can give me a bit more information as to where you heard that.

MR WOOD: My supplementary question is this: Will the Minister make a statement in this Assembly early next year on the role of futsal in or out of the 2000 Olympics? He seems to be a little behind events.

MR STEFANIAK: I will be making a statement in relation to futsal when we know for sure exactly what is in the 2000 Games and exactly what role Canberra will play in that in relation to soccer, Mr Wood. I would certainly hope to be able to make an announcement prior to the end of this year. I understand that we might well find out how we are going with the soccer bid by Christmas at this stage, or a little bit before Christmas, so I would be hoping to make a statement before then. If you would like me to make another statement early next year in the Assembly, I will do that too.

Public Housing

MS REILLY: My question is to Mr Stefaniak in his capacity as Minister for Housing. Minister, considering the fundamental and far-reaching changes which are being proposed for the funding and delivery of public housing in Australia - - -

Mrs Carnell: Which we have not agreed with.

MS REILLY: May I ask my question, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: You may.

MS REILLY: Can you advise how often the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Housing in the ACT has been meeting to advise you on matters relating to these housing reforms and their impacts on the ACT community?

MR STEFANIAK: In relation to the new Commonwealth-State Housing Agreement, Ms Reilly - - -

Ms Reilly: My question was to do with the committee, Mr Stefaniak.

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