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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17 Jun 2009 - Australian University athletes taking on the world
Kate Ellis, the Minister for Sport and Youth, today officially announced the Australian team for the World University Games to be held in Serbia in July this year.
The Australian delegation consists of 185 participants, including athletes, officials, coaches, managers and support staff.
Ms Ellis was joined by athletics captain Tristan Thomas and wished the team the best for the Games which will provide important experience in international competition for current and emerging top athletes.
Today's announcement again demonstrates the integral role that sport plays in university life - not only helping to improve the general health and wellbeing of students but also providing opportunities for the athletes of the future.
"University sport plays an important role on campuses right around Australia, and that's why universities will be able to use the fee to support sport on campus.
Government legislation to reform to student services and amenities for universities is listed for debate in the Senate next week.
"The Government's student services reforms will help to rebuild vital university services and amenities, and support the positive role that sport plays in the life of a university.
"As well as boosting student services, these reforms will help to sustain university sporting teams and facilities - promoting active and healthy lifestyles on campus and fostering the development of future Australian athletes' said Ms Ellis.
The previous government's policies ripped $170 million out of student services, having dramatic impacts on campus services, including sport.
The submission from Australian University Sport and the Australasian Campus Union Managers' Association to the 2008 Review said that as a direct result of these changes:
- Direct funding for sporting clubs had been cut by 40 per cent.
- There are now 12,000 less students participating in sport at university - a 17 per cent reduction since 2005.
- Funding for intervarsity sport was cut by half, and participation by women in the Australian University Games reduced by almost 10 per cent.
- Six universities shut down their elite athlete support program, and eight universities discontinued funding of sports scholarships.
"I call on all Senators to get behind the Government's reforms to help rebuild important student services and amenities across the country," said Ms Ellis.