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STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER THE HON P J KEATING MP 1996 PRIME MINISTERIAL WOMEN AND SPORT AWARDS

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Keating, Paul

Period of Service: 20/12/1991 to 11/03/1996

More information about Keating, Paul on The National Archive website.

Release Date: 14/02/1996

Release Type: Media Release

Transcript ID: 9941

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PRIME MINISTER
STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER THE HON P J KEATING MP
1996 PRIME MINISTERIAL WOMEN AND SPORT AWARDS
There has been a suggestion that Samantha Riley has been exciuded from
the Prime Ministeriai Women and Sport Awards.
Winners of these awards are selected by a committee under the auspices of
the Australian Sports Commission and are not decided by the Prime Minister
or the Office of the Prime Minister.
Reports of intervention by my Office following publicity surrounding the
unfortunate incident involving Samantha Riley are completely without
foundation, as confirmed by the Australian Sports Commission.
As in previous years, the committee will decide the winners of this year's
awards and I will be delighted to honour the achievements of those selected.
All Australians feel great sympathy for the predicament Samantha Riley has
found herself in as a result of the inadvertent use of a banned substance.
She remains one of a number of outstanding Australian sportswomen and
teams in contention for the Prime Ministerial Women and Sport Awards and
for my own part I would be more than happy to present her with this award
should she be the committee's choice.
I confess to being a great fan of hers and I wish her well.
MELBOURNE 14 FEBRUARY 1996
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