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Should governments financially support elite sports whose players are such poor role models?

An example of massive government support for elite sport – Suncorp Stadium which cost nearly $300 million to upgrade in the early 2000s. The drugs scandal that has engulfed the Gold Coast Titans raises a question about government support for … Continue reading

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Potentially large economic and environmental benefits from improving pedestrian safety

I’m pleased to see the Queensland Government will install flashing lights at schools with a view to improving pedestrian safety, as reported by the Sunshine Coast Daily earlier today: WALKING to and from school will be safer for children and … Continue reading

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Queensland’s inactive children will cost health system in the future

Queensland ranks second lowest among States and Territories for the participation of children in organised physical activity (sport or dancing), according to new ABS data released today (see chart below). I am concerned about what this means for our future … Continue reading

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Queenslanders less active than other Australians – no surprise we lead Australia in obesity

I’ve previously posted on the higher rate of obesity in Queensland than in other States (Qld leads Australia on obesity), and no doubt a major contributor is the lower rate of participation in sport and physical recreation in Queensland than … Continue reading

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Queensland leads Australia on obesity

Given the high costs of obesity on the health system, today’s new Australian Health Survey data for 2011-12 from the ABS should be concerning to the Queensland Government, with Queensland leading Australia in obesity (a Body Mass Index of 30 … Continue reading

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