Page 2404 - Week 07 - Wednesday, 2 August 2017

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Sport—gender equality

MS ORR (Yerrabi) (5.19): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the extensive commitments made by the ACT Government at the 2016 election to grow participation and equity for women and girls in sport and active recreation including:

(i) four-year elite funding agreements for the Canberra Capitals and Canberra United;

(ii) funding for female friendly sports infrastructure;

(iii) funding for initiatives to develop women and girls as participants and leaders at all levels of sport; and

(iv) a new online hub for women’s and girls’ sport and active recreation;

(b) that funding provided in the 2017 Budget will provide for delivery of each of these commitments in the next four years, building on significant work already underway;

(c) rates of participation in sport and active recreation in Canberra are the highest in Australia; and

(d) the ability of sport to drive greater gender equity with benefits which flow into other parts of the community; and

(2) calls on the Government to:

(a) continue to work with local sport and recreation organisations in the implementation of its gender equity in sport initiatives;

(b) continue to explore new opportunities to further this program of work including the development of new strategies to increase the participation of women and girls at all levels of sport;

(c) actively advocate for similar initiatives to be implemented at the national level;

(d) continue to progress actions through the ACT Women’s Plan to promote gender equity across the ACT; and

(e) keep the Assembly informed, including through the annual ministerial statement on the status of women, about the progress of this work.

I rise to speak in support of this motion. This motion is timely, as it is an incredibly

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