HOW TO RECOGNISE FAILURE WITHOUT TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR IT by Sports Minister Greg HuntEdit
AUG 15, 2017 — A response to Sports Minister Greg Hunt’s dinky National Integrity of Sport Unit is due by 25 August, this Friday.
From the Justice for the 34 (J34) perspective, the National Integrity of Sport Unit would be the national equivalent of the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS), with an option to appeal to the CAS. The consultative process does not allow for testimony or open questioning. It is a non-transparent process designed to cover-up the failures of the past.
J34 believe the Hunt proposal is flawed because it does not address the principal problem. That problem is ASADA. ASADA chose to conduct a joint investigation with the AFL, chose to release an interim report, chose not to appeal the AFL Tribunal decision directly but instead accessed the mechanism of a de novo action using WADA to appeal to the CAS.
The imperative of the Essendon case is that ASADA and the ASADA Act of 2006 must be reviewed. The Hunt proposal for a consultative process with a new Tribunal will not permit that. The Hunt proposal is designed to move the regulatory framework on but not address the failure.
A proper regulatory framework can never be established unless regulatory failure is addressed and corrected. We must learn from failure so that it is not repeated.
J34 recommends any review must include:
(i) To codify the common law rights of athletes in the ASADA Act.
(ii) To amend the ASADA Act so athletes have a right of appeal to Australian courts.
(iii) To examine the ASADA Act and its implications for team sports.
(iv) To make ASADA accountable to a Standing Committee of the Parliament.
We trust that you will consider these matters carefully in your submissions. It is essential that as many people as possible email a submission to firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday.
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