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Worksheet 5: Government expenditure
How the government decides how much is spent on what areas
In the 1994 DecisionMaker Guideboook, find the DecisionMaker/ACC
graph showing cost and number of rugby and netball injuries.
- (10 min) Divide
the class into teams. Choose the following key figures and get the
rest of the class to arrange themselves behind one of them. Eight will
be in the inner circle. Use a fishbowl arrangement with advisers behind
them in the outer circle.
The agenda items
for your meeting are the cost due to the increase in number of sports
of Health' and advisers;
'Minister of Finance'
of Sport' and advisers;
of Social Development and advisers;
- The 'ACC'
Managing Director and staff;
- The 'Public
Health Director in the Ministry of Health;
- Your school
'rugby team representative';
- Your school
'netball or soccer team representative'.
(10 min) Your team
will have 10 minutes to put forward a proposal with a view to reducing
direct and indirect taxes and government expenditure.
(30 min) Each speaker
will take it in turns and advisers will note down questions for discussion at
whom are they to be directed?
Look for common
ground (or a consensus if possible) on a solution that could be put
to government. If there is disagreement one of the other team members
can tap their representative on the shoulder and ask to take their
place. Continue this process until the inner circle members can reach
(10 min) Put the
proposal to the class as a whole and then ask for a vote on it.
class or homework assignment
Each group could
then design a poster for clubs and schools to put on their walls. The
poster should make sports people more aware of their responsibilities.