National sport tribunal to rule on doping

Matt Coughlan

Doping allegations and other sport disputes will be dealt with through a new national tribunal designed to fix Australia's lagging integrity regime.

Legislation to set up the National Sports Tribunal passed parliament on Wednesday, with the new body to be trialled for two years.

Sport Minister Richard Colbeck said Australia's mechanisms for resolving disputes lagged behind similar countries like the UK, Canada, New Zealand and Japan.

"They are inconsistent, subject to accusations of bias and lack powers to get to the truth," he told parliament.

He said creating the organisation would eliminate the high cost and long resolution time which disputes currently face.

Aside from doping accusations, the national tribunal will also have the power to look at team selection disputes and integrity breaches.