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Transcript 11588

Sydney Paralympics

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Howard, John

Period of Service: 11/03/1996 to 03/12/2007

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Release Date: 23/05/2000

Release Type: Media Release

Transcript ID: 11588

I am pleased to announce that the Federal Government will provide an additional $10 million to the Sydney Paralympics Organising Committee to ensure the success of this great sporting event.

The contribution from the Federal Government will, I understand, be matched dollar for dollar by the New South Wales Government, and is in addition to $25 million that has already been provided by the Federal Government towards the Sydney Paralympics.

The additional financial support will allow organisers of the Paralympics to focus their efforts on making the Games an outstanding success.

The Paralympics is not only a great sporting event, but an enduring symbol of the spirit, bravery and skill of people with a disability.

It will be an inspiration to all who attend, particularly children.

To ensure children from all over Australia can experience the Paralympics, the Government has today decided to increase travel subsidies for school children.

Subsidies will be available for school children travelling more than 200 km, with the increases announced today particularly helping children travelling more than 400 km. The subsidies range up to $250 depending on the distance travelled.

I know that Australia will welcome athletes and spectators to the Sydney 2000 Paralympics and that our nation will be enriched through the experience of hosting the first Paralympics of the new millennium.

23 May 2000

Transcript 11588