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supermarkets as well. That is what this is about. That is what the Canberra Liberals stand for and that is what the Labor Party and the Greens will be voting against today here in this chamber.

Question put:

That Ms Le Couteur’s amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 10

Noes 5

Mr Barr

Ms Hunter

Mr Coe

Ms Bresnan

Ms Le Couteur

Mr Doszpot

Ms Burch

Ms Porter

Mrs Dunne

Mr Corbell

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Hanson

Ms Gallagher

Mr Stanhope

Mr Seselja

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Sport in the community

MS PORTER (Ginninderra) (6.27): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) recognises the role that sport plays in contributing towards improved health and community participation in the ACT;

(2) acknowledges that the need to adapt to the changing context within which local sport operates; and

(3) encourages the ACT Government to explore policy initiatives that capitalise on existing and emerging sports facilities and human resources in the ACT.

It is with great pleasure that I rise to move this motion. This motion, I believe, is critical to ensuring that sport continues to play a central role in promoting stronger communities and healthy lifestyles in the ACT, as well as providing a vehicle through which Canberrans can pursue excellence in their chosen field.

The findings of the Crawford report, a major review of the Australian sports system, are due to be made public at some point before the end of the year. These findings are likely to significantly influence the way we consider sports policy and will, in all probability, represent a significant repositioning of federal policy in relation to sport. Many sporting associations are awaiting the release of this report with much trepidation and anticipation. Sports that are not considered to have a realistic chance to achieve success on the highest stage, in particular, will be experiencing an anxious wait.

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