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Sport

Apr 12, 2016 UniPollWatch

Greens

The Greens believe sport and physical recreation benefit the “development of social, organisational and communication skills” and are an important part of Australian communities. They aim to increase funding for schools, and encouraging children to participate in sports programs. They believe increasing participation rates will also benefit those struggling with mental health issues.
They are committed to the development of women’s sport, improved access to sport for those with disabilities, older Australians and people of low socio-economic status and better resourced sport and physical recreation activities within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
The Greens are opposed to sports gambling, committed to drug-free sports and have a plan to reduce the impact of unregulated sports betting, including restrictions on television advertising.

POLICY SUMMARY

Funding for schools to create sporting opportunities
Televising all women’s, men’s and disabled sporting events of national significance
Prioritised funding for community sporting facilities to encourage sport participation
Restricting the advertising of alcohol and gambling during sports coverage
Promoting women’s sport along with promoting a drug-free sporting environment
Providing extra funding in the health, welfare and social sectors

Explanation

The Greens key funding priorities are in line with their philosophical views on the importance of sport and recreation in the wider community. These include development of community sports facilities, funding to promote women’s sport, funding to minimise the impact of unregulated sports betting and spreading the message on the importance of sport.

A significant focus will be influencing the media, and how it presents sport and sports betting. Earlier this year Greens leader Richard Di Natale reinstated his goal of eradicating sports betting advertising. He said, “The Greens have a Bill to stop the promotion of sports betting, in the same way tobacco advertising was banned in 1992… watching a game of footy shouldn't be like walking into a casino.”

Labor

Shadow Minister for Sport Jim Chalmers has said the Australian Labor Party (ALP) backs removal of match-fixing from sporting codes. He wants major sporting organisations at state and federal levels to convene and better co-ordinate strategies for preventing match-fixing in the Australian sporting industry.
Mr Chalmers has criticised television coverage of women’s sport and says it’s important to increase this so that young sportspeople have female role models. “We’re falling well short when it comes to broadcasting of women’s sport,” he has said.
Labor plans to increase access to resources for schools across Australia, including sporting programs, as part of its education package.

POLICY SUMMARY

Investing in and implementing a nationwide policy for the prevention of match-fixing and its removal from sporting codes
More women’s sport on TV
Increasing access to sporting resources in schools throughout Australia.

Explanation

Labor believes sport is vital to both Australia’s social fabric and its economy.

It is committed to continuing its previous policies on match fixing and sporting integrity – its National Integrity of Sport Unit was established under a Labor Government in 2012 – and believes governments and sporting organisations need to ramp up efforts on this, with better national coordination. Mr Chalmers has said Labor is committed to investing in this and in the process of enforcing policies surrounding the prevention of match-fixing.

Labor is also committed to ensuring both male and female sportspeople have male and female role models.

Liberals

The Coalition will boost sports participation ahead of the Rio Olympics if re-elected. Also, a large emphasis has been placed on the integrity of sporting organisations with funding allocated for pre-drug testing in preparation for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and e-learning education programs launched to combat illicit drug-use amongst sub-elite athletes.
Another Coalition priority is its push for equality in travel and participation for female athletes. Olympic Medalist Danielle Roche was appointed to the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) board this month. Sports Minister Sussan Ley has warned Australia’s 30 top-funded sports organisations that they could lose ASC funding unless they enforce gender-neutral travel and accommodation policies.
The Australian Sports Commission has estimated $250,669 in funding from the Australian Government for 2016-17 for its programs.

POLICY SUMMARY

Boosting sports participation in communities across metropolitan, rural and regional areas and increasing community sporting events
Enforcing strategies to combat the use of illicit drugs by Australian athletes to maintain Australia’s integrity in sports. These include $1.5 million for pre-drug testing before major events and the launch of the Illicit Drugs in Sport (IDIS) e-learning education program, aimed at sub-elite athletes unable to access the same educational resources as elite sports players
Equality for female athletes in the sports industry in relation to travel, accommodation and participation
The continued rollout of the Coalition government’s $100 million Sporting Schools program giving primary schools access to sporting activities before, during and after school hours

Explanation

Boosting sports participation has become a Coalition policy in this Olympic year to help get people more active.

It has implemented new strategies to address the issue of drugs in sport, influenced by the drug doping scandals in Australian sporting codes. In 2016-17 ASADA will receive $400,000 and $1.1 million in 2017-18 to fund anti-doping strategies, such as pre-testing in the lead up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

The Illicit Drugs in Sport (IDIS) e-learning education program was set up in 2015 and educates athletes, coaches and officers. It aims to prevent illicit drug use, show the power of positive sporting role models and help identify drug problems and how to get help.

Ms Ley has pushed for more funding to bring equality to male and female athletes in relation to accommodation, travel and participation in sport. This follows the unequal treatment of female basketball team the Opals who flew economy to the London Olympics in 2012. The Australian Sport Commission (ASC) has said it will provide $134 million to fund sporting organisation this financial year. Major sporting organisation could lose millions of dollars in federal funding if woman do not receive the same standards as men for travel.

The Coalition will continue to put $100 million towards primary schools to fund sporting activities before, during and after school hours. This initiative began in July 2015, aims to give primary schools access to programs from more than 30 sports, promoting fit, healthy and happy kids.

 

 

 

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