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Haas 1992). In relation to these observations, a recurrent and significant theme in the development of Australian sport policy is the discourse surrounding relative funding allocations for mass participation initiatives and those for elite level programmes. We have already noted that any examination of Australian public policy since the mid-1970s shows an apparent reluctance to address both policy goals with equal commitment. In other words, the political rhetoric of support for mass participation has not been matched with funding comparable to that allocated to elite sport.

Before 1961, federal government involvement in sport, beyond control and prohibitive legislation, was limited (Macintosh and Whitson 1990:1). The 1961 Act was prompted by two key concerns: first, the low level of physical fitness among the nation’s population; and second, the country’s failure (and Soviet success) in international ice hockey competitions and the summer Olympic events (cf. Macintosh et al. 1987; Semotiuk 1996). A key thread running through the federal government’s increasing influence during this period was the instrumental use of sport to promote a ‘Canadian’ identity.

Before 1961, federal government involvement in sport, beyond control and prohibitive legislation, was limited (Macintosh and Whitson 1990:1). The 1961 Act was prompted by two key concerns: first, the low level of physical fitness among the nation’s population; and second, the country’s failure (and Soviet success) in international ice hockey competitions and the summer Olympic events (cf. Macintosh et al. 1987; Semotiuk 1996). A key thread running through the federal government’s increasing influence during this period was the instrumental use of sport to promote a ‘Canadian’ identity.

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