Budget 2015: Sports Funding To Be At Discretion Of Christopher Pyne


Greco-Roman wrestling, diving and synchronised swimming are expected to receive huge windfalls.

The federal government will cease funding all major football codes, including “junior footy clinics”, in a major shake-up of sports funding designed to save $379 billion in the budget over four years.

Mr Pyne says the new arrangements will be very similar to the way the arts is funded in Australia, “but obviously there’ll be some actual money” for sport.

In budget measures announced this week, Arts Minister George Brandis now has direct control of 15% of arts funding with the remainder to be funnelled to inner city elites via the Australia Council.

The new independent sport funding body, the Straya Council, will control just 15% of the government’s funding allocation and Christopher Pyne will control the rest.

Like Senator Brandis, Mr Pyne is expected to fund pet projects, so Greco-Roman wrestling, diving and synchronised swimming are likely to receive huge windfalls.

AFL, archery, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, cricket, cycling, equestrian, golf, hand ball, hockey, netball, NRL, ski-ing, shooting, soccer, squash, swimming, tennis and tunnel ball, however, have been “fixed”.

Tim Govers

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