A re-elected Coalition Government will not match Bill Shorten and Labor’s promise to gift $25 million to the AFL for a Tasmanian AFL Team, Tasmanian Liberal Senators and candidates announced today.
“The Tasmanian Liberal Team strongly supports Tasmania having our own an AFL team, we are after all, AFL heartland”, Senator Richard Colbeck said.
“But we can’t and won’t support a $25 million handout from the taxpayer to one of Australia’s richest sporting organisations.
“It is our view that precious taxpayer funds should instead be spent on essential services such as health, not an AFL team in Hobart.”
Senator Colbeck said that the Federal team commended the Tasmanian Liberal Government for their work leading the charge for a Tasmanian team, and said a re-elected federal Coalition Government would strongly support that cause.
“However, it is our view that it is time for AFL to pony up, not only with an AFL licence for Tasmania, but also the funds to support it.
“Every year the AFL gives tens of millions to the Gold Coast Suns and Western Sydney – there is no reason why they cannot also financially support a Tasmanian team.
“The federal budget is not a magic pudding like Labor seems to think.
“Spending taxpayers’ money is about choosing the right priorities, and our priority is health, not spending $25 million on an AFL team.”

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Eric Abetz has been a Liberal Senator for Tasmania since 1994 and has served in a range of Leadership, Ministerial and Shadow Ministerial roles.

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