Abbott Government threat to child health and well-being

Senator Helen Polley today called on the Federal Member for Bass Andrew Nikolic and the Abbott Government to extend funding for the Active After-School Communities (AASC) program beyond 2014.


“This program represents a successful community and government initiative, and the Government must commit to continuing the program in its current format,” Senator Polley said.

The AASC program is a national initiative that provides primary school children with access to free sport and other structured physical activity programs after school.


“Currently there are twelve schools in Bass that take part in the AASC program.” Senator Polley said.


“This program benefits thousands of children to help them stay active and healthy, by providing a positive, safe and fun experience in their after school time between 3.00pm and 5.30 pm. Further, it benefits the wider community with immeasurable health benefits,” Senator Polley said.


The former Labor Government provided over $39.4 million for the program to run until December 2014.


“I am calling on the Federal Member for Bass Andrew Nikolic to lobby the Abbott Government to extend the funding beyond this year.


It will not be good enough if the AASC simply becomes another victim of the Abbott Government’s twisted priorities.”


“Local children and families in Bass don’t deserve to have this program ripped away from them just so the Prime Minister can pay for his expensive and unfair Paid Parental Leave Scheme,” Senator Polley said.


The AASC is managed by the Australian Sports Commission and is currently funded until 31 December 2014.