Page 814 - Week 02 - Thursday, 23 February 2012

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that costs thousands of dollars a year more to run, adding to the cost of living pressures, certainly, of this Canberra family, and by promoting this type of vehicle they are adding to the cost of living pressures of many Canberra families.

So next time the Canberra Liberals decide to raffle off a car—

Mr Doszpot: We will seek your advice; okay?

MR RATTENBURY: I would be very happy to give you my advice, Mr Doszpot, because I think you could do the lucky family, the lucky winner, of the vehicle a real favour when it comes to cost of living pressures. The Canberra Liberals might want to reflect on the fact that cost of living pressures actually exist in reality and are more than just a political slogan.

Australian under-20 basketball championships

Ivor Burge championships

Federation of Indian Cricket Associations of ACT

MR DOSZPOT (Brindabella) (6.00): Last Sunday, 19 February, it was my pleasure to attend the opening of the Australian under-20 and Ivor Burge national basketball championships at Belconnen stadium, which both my colleagues here, Mr Barr and Mr Rattenbury, also attended. I was there at the invitation of Tony Jackson, the Chief Executive Officer of ACT Basketball.

The championships are comprised of 33 teams from all states and territories in Australia and New Zealand. There were over 500 people participating, including players, team officials and referees. Along with those, there were over 1,000 family, friends and spectators that make the trip to Canberra to support the teams.

The under-20 and Ivor Burge championships are two national championships that have been running in conjunction since 2003—the under-20 Australian championships and the Ivor Burge championships. Teams representing each state compete for the title of national champion each year.

The Ivor Burge event is the Australian men’s and women’s championship for people with intellectual disability. It is named after Australian basketball pioneer Ivor Burge to commemorate his contribution to basketball in Australia. At the national under-20 championships the Bob Staunton medal is awarded to the most outstanding male and female player. In 1991, the award was named to honour the memory of Bob Staunton and his contribution to Australian basketball as both a player and an administrator.

Many basketballers have represented their state at the under-20 national or Ivor Burge championships and gone on to represent Australia on the international stage, including Boomers Patrick Mills and Brad Newley and Opals Lauren Jackson and Erin Phillips.

The inaugural Ivor Burge championship was held at Wollongong in 1995. It was decided the title the tournament would be the Ivor Burge championship, as Ivor Burge is considered one of the founding fathers of basketball in Australia. Although he went to college in Springfield, Massachusetts, after graduating he came back to Australia to

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