Kate is passionate about contributing to public debate on a wide range of important issues. Here are some of the issues she has touched on in the past.
- Should successful athletes have to pay back the AIS 10 Jun 2009
- Let's give youth voice now for a better future 12 Oct 2008
- Organ donation it's the greatest gift of all 21 Sep 2008
- Is safe sex message falling on deaf ears 31 Aug 2008
- Grassroots funding is key to Olympic glorys 10 Aug 2008
- Easy to overlook big issue of homelessness 20 Jul 2008
- Trailblazer Natasha leaves lasting legacy 29 Jun 2008
- Heavy hitters boost our World Cup hopes 01 Jun 2008
- Youth Forum Discussion Paper 17 May 2008
- We can't take sport for granted 11 May 2008
- Women truly can do anything be anything 20 Apr 2008
- Let the Games begin with all our athletes 30 Mar 2008
- Proud past but future a challenge for women 09 Mar 2008
- Young people will be heard at highest level 17 Feb 2008
- Our nation has changed dramatically in three weeks 16 Dec 2007
- Mobile Phone Towers 23 Sep 2007
- Bradken Foundry 01 Jul 2007
- Full Fees 03 Jun 2007
- Eating Disorders 17 Dec 2006
- Iraq 27 Jul 2006
- Electoral Laws 26 Jun 2006
- Dental 08 Jan 2006
- Make Poverty History 18 Sep 2005
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02 May 2009 - Australia takes the lead on Special Olympics
The Federal Minister for Sport and Youth Kate Ellis today launched the conference for Australia's Special Olympics.
Speaking from the conference in Adelaide, Ms Ellis praised the work of the volunteers, coaches and parents who are the backbone of community sport across Australia.
As part of the national strategy, Special Olympics Australia want to reach out to more of the 500,000 Australians with an intellectual disability, their families and their communities.
The conference is an opportunity to bring together people from around Australia to empower them in this mission and representatives from National Sports Organisations will also be in attendance.
Special Olympics Australia is dedicated to improving the lives of people with an intellectual disability through year-round sports training and competition.
Special Olympics embraces all people with an intellectual disability, no matter what their sporting prowess, and offer them opportunities at a local level right up to international competition.
Rex Langthorne, Special Olympics Australia Chair said: "At Special Olympics Australia one of our strategic goals is to provide a quality sports experience for people with an intellectual disability and we couldn't do this without the valuable efforts of our volunteers.
Many volunteers will say that they are continually rewarded for their efforts by seeing athletes learn new skills and embrace their abilities. This conference is a chance to thank them for their humble support of the movement and we are delighted that the Hon Kate Ellis MP, Minister for Sport has shared her time to open this important national event."
For further information on the National conference please contact:
Sharon Nixon - National Manager, Communications & Brand, Special Olympics Australia Mob 0406 821 461 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information on National Games please contact:
Jenny Daly - Event Manager, Special Olympics 2010 National Games Mob 0448 882 855 Ph 08 8364 4328, Email: email@example.com
Media Contact: (Minister Ellis) Jimmy Sullivan 0423 290 646