Female Boxing Matches
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FEMALE BOXING MATCHES
The Hon. R. D. DYER: On 14 October the Hon. Franca Arena asked me a question about female boxing matches. The Minister for Sport and Recreation has provided the following answer:
The Minister for Sport and Recreation is aware of this match, which took place in Tasmania under the auspices of the Amateur Boxing League. Boxing in New South Wales is controlled by the Boxing and Wrestling Control Act 1985. To be registered under the Act, which is administered by the Department of Sport and Recreation, a boxer must be male, over the age of 18 years and subject to regular medical examination. Females are prohibited from participating in boxing matches by the Act. The Act also prohibits the promotion of events that include female competitors.
The match referred to by the Hon. Franca Arena would not have been permitted within New South Wales. As New South Wales is currently the only State within Australia to have legislated the exclusion of female boxing matches, competition between females is permitted and has been reported in other States. Female boxing matches are prohibited in New South Wales. The Minister has previously stated her support for the continued prohibition of female boxing matches.