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Widespread support for sport lottery funding plan

Widespread support for sport lottery funding plan
May 23, 2017

Federal Sports Minister Greg Hunt’s plan for a national lottery to fund Australian sport has been met with widespread approval by organisations across the sector.

A central part of the ‘National Plan for Elite Sport and Participation’ unveiled by Minister Hunt in Canberra yesterday, the lottery funding model has been inspired by examples around the world.

The lottery proposal, which has been suggested previously, has the potential to deliver up to $50 million a year.

Minister Hunt explained "it's something which I strongly support, I know in my discussions with (Australian Olympic Committee President) John Coates and (Australian Sports Commission Chairman) John Wylie they've long been advocates of this, and this is a way of finding funds, working with the States.

"If it is legislated and highly regulated, and it's a public good lottery then that's sensible.

"It is a sensible way to provide additional permanent sports funding which I think is fair, reasonable and appropriate.

"In 30, 50 and 100 years it will still be here and providing a way to support participation and support performance for elite Australian sport."

Following a fractious Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) election earlier this month in which Coates retained his Presidency, the backing of both Coates and Wylie for the plan - both of whom have long been advocates of the idea – could go some way to repair relations among sporting bodies in Australia.

AOC Chief Executive, Matt Carroll, said the initiative was “critical” for Australia’s sporting future, stating “the national plan will bring clarity on the roles and responsibilities of all the parties involved and establish the support, infrastructure and funding required to achieve the collective sporting outcomes for the country.”

The plan is modelled on the UK’s National Lottery, which, since being introduced in 1994 has transformed British sport. As a result of its increased funding for sport,  British athletes have won 633 Olympic and Paralympic medals and the nation has re-emerged as an international sporting power.

Team GB finished second on the medals table at Rio 2016 behind the United States after finishing 36th with just one gold medal 20 years earlier in Atlanta.

In contrast, Australia fell from fourth place finishes on the Olympic medals tables at Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 to 10th at Rio 2016.

A total of 29 medals at Rio 2016 marked Australia's worst Olympic tally in 24 years and included just eight golds - less than half the amount the country won at Athens 2004 where it won 17 titles.

Significantly, while the plan suggests at lottery for funding sporting programs at all levels, mainstream media and elite sporting organisations are already laregely focusing on the funding being for elite sport.

Sports Tribunal
The National Plan’s proposal to establish a sports tribunal - something of a national equivalent to Switzerland’s court of arbitration of sport - aims to address the key issue of sporting integrity – impacted by the plan’s final aim of integrity, putting an end to the conflict of interest where major sporting codes police themselves.

Minister Hunt said without an independent body, sports are effectively able to sit in judgment of themselves in matters such as doping, a situation that “we should move beyond”.

He added "(the tribunal will) allow us to avoid the situation where the AFL had to sit in judgement of itself in relation to the Essendon doping case.

"There are always the players who are in the shadows and we want to keep those out of Australian sport and we want to rub them out of Australian sport."

With a national tribunal needing the cooperation of each individual sport, AFL, NRL and Cricket Australia will face particular issues over whether they want to abandon their in-house integrity teams.

Nonetheless, Minister Hunt is confident that there will be a willingness to participate, stating “I would be surprised if there was an Australian sport that wouldn't opt-in to it.”

He envisages that the tribunal would be staffed by people with legal or policing backgrounds.

Former Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) Chief Executive Richard Ings, welcomed the initiative and said a central independent tribunal was both “essential” and “overdue”. 

22nd May 2017 - FEDERAL SPORTS MINISTER SUGGESTS NEW LOTTERY TO FUND NATIONAL SPORTS PLAN

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10th May 2017 - FEDERAL BUDGET BACKS HEALTHY LIFESTYLES AND GOLD COAST COMMONWEALTH GAMES

16th March 2017 - JOHN WYLIE REAPPOINTED TO LEAD AUSTRALIAN SPORTS COMMISSION THROUGH TO THE TOKYO OLYMPICS

14th February 2017 - AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIC COMMITTEE BLOCKS AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF SPORT FROM TOKYO 2020 PLANNING

28th January 2017 - NEW SPORT MINISTER BACKS WOMEN’S SPORT AND ACTIVITY 

13th October 2016 - ESSENDON PLAYERS LOSE SWISS FEDERAL TRIBUNAL APPEAL OVER DOPING BANS

1st September 2016 - AUSTRALIAN SPORTS COMMISSION COMMITS TO WINNING EDGE PRINCIPLES AND FURTHER REFORMS 

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27th May 2016 - ASADA SUFFERS BUDGET CUTS IN LEAD UP TO RIO OLYMPICS

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29th January 2016 - ESSENDON FINED $200,000 AFTER PLEADING GUILTY TO WORKSAFE CHARGES OVER SUPPLEMENTS PROGRAM

13th January 2016 - AFL PLAYERS’ ASSOCIATION HEAD SAYS ESSENDON PLAYERS VICTIMS, NOT PERPETRATORS

12th January 2016 - COURT OF ARBITRATION FOR SPORT UPHOLDS AFL PLAYER BANS

3rd September 2015 - AFL ACCUSED OF ‘DECEPTIVE CONDUCT’ DURING ESSENDON SUPPLEMENTS SAGA


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