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Labor will take next steps to make Tassie AFL team a reality



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BILL SHORTEN MP

LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS & ABORIGINAL

AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDERS

MEMBER FOR MARIBYRNONG

JULIE COLLINS MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR AGEING AND MENTAL HEALTH

MEMBER FOR FRANKLIN

SENATOR DON FARRELL

SHADOW SPECIAL MINISTER OF STATE

SHADOW MINISTER FOR SPORT

SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA

LABOR WILL TAKE NEXT STEPS TO MAKE TASSIE AFL TEAM A REALITY

A Shorten Labor Government will set up a pathway to make a Tasmanian men’s and women’s

AFL teams a reality, with a $25 million investment in a establishing a permanent AFL presence

in the state.

Tasmanians love their footy, and while several clubs have made the state a second home over

the years, it’s another thing altogether to have a club wearing a Tassie jumper and

representing the state day in, day out.

That’s why Labor will put proper investment on the table and commit $25 million in funding to

support the establishment of an AFL club in Tasmania, contingent on an AFL decision to issue

a licence.

Having a permanent AFL presence will not only be good for the Tassie economy - it’s great for

young players, local clubs and footy followers across the state.

This won’t be an easy task and it won’t happen overnight. But after years of being strung along

on the possibility of a team, Tasmania deserves some progress and this $25 million provides a

strong incentive for that to happen.

Labor’s $25 million investment would go towards seed funding to a Tasmanian AFL club,

conditional on the AFL granting a licence to compete in both men’s and women’s leagues. This

won’t be a licence to import interstate players - it will be directed to investments that will

support a new club, including facilities and player development.

With the AFL confirming that Tasmanian VFL and TAC sides will be competing in the coming

years, Labor will make $1 million of this funding available to assist the establishment of these

sides.

This is in addition to our $5 million Save our Footy Fund - strengthening and supporting

grassroots footy across the state. The future of the game in Tassie begins at the grassroots -

and we need to get participation rates up to parity for youth and senior teams to underpin a

strong footballing future in Tasmania.

Tasmania has a strong football tradition and has produced some of the game’s biggest

stars. Yet without a team competing in the highest competition, Tasmania is being short

changed, and the impact is now being seen with the Tasmania State League under pressure.

Government can play a key role in ending the stalemate around a Tassie club - by supporting

the local league, working with the AFL and providing leadership to get the right conditions for a

team to exist in the state.

Labor’s policy will aim to ensure there are the best possible conditions for the development of

junior Tasmanian footy players - both boys and girls - and, in the long term, create the

conditions for the best possible reasons for young Tasmanian players to stay in Tasmania -

the creation of a standalone AFL club permanently based in Tasmania.

We’re backing stronger communities, better jobs and opportunities for Tassie kids - because

we think it’s more important to give Tasmanians better access to sport and community

activities than it is to give the banks a $17 billion handout.

SATURDAY, 7 JULY 2018

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