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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 6 Hansard (18 June) . . Page.. 2003 ..



Mr Stanhope made the point that it's a circular argument here: if we don't get the crowds, we don't get the media; if we don't get the media, we don't get the sponsorship. So she goes around-the chicken and the egg. I say it's time to unscramble the chicken omelette. The point is, Mr Speaker: something has to stop; the wheel has to stop somewhere. We need to actually stop it, get into the sponsorship part. Get the sponsorship going, you'll get the crowds. Get the crowds going, you'll get the media. And away we go! It's a circle but this time it's a positive circle, not a negative one.

Mr Speaker, we also need to change the mindset of the community. In one of my daughter's families there are a girl and two boys. They talk about the young boys' prowess in soccer and rugby league, but they don't talk often enough, in my view, about my granddaughter's prowess at playing soccer. I think that's where it's got to start. I have to tell you, she takes after her grandfather; she's a proper little soccer player. She's a great player. She also can do no wrong and is absolutely perfect. The boys, on the other hand, are a different story. That's why they play rugby league and not AFL, I have to say.

Can I end up by saying that we need to get back into the minds of the families and get them to concentrate equally on the promotion of sport amongst both their sons and their daughters and push it on from there.

Amendments agreed to.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Insurance Compensation Framework Bill 2002

[Cognate bills:

Legal Practitioners Amendment Bill 2002

Adventure Activities (Liability) Bill 2002]

Debate resumed from 25 September 2002, on motion by Mr Smyth:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.


: Is it the wish of the Assembly to debate this order of the day concurrently with orders of the day 2 and 3? There being no objection, that course will be followed.


(Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism and Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming) (12.08): I might say at the outset that this cluster of bills has probably already served its purpose. I do not think these bills were ever about an intention to enact the provisions within them, but more as a feeble attempt in the vein of, "We are more concerned about insurance than you are-we are acting, and you are not."

We have, therefore, a rejigged version of the Workers Compensation Bill, with some interesting add-ons, and then a couple of other bills which would put the ACT in a unique position.

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