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Thursday, 26 June 2008
Page: 3553

Senator O’Brien to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the following matters be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee for inquiry and report by 30 March 2009:

   (a)   whether the decision of the Australian Football League (AFL) Board of Commission to prioritise admission to its competition of teams from Western Sydney and the Gold Coast over a proposed team from Tasmania is fair and equitable;

   (b)   the capacity of the State of Tasmania to sustain a team in the peak national Australian Rules Football competition;

   (c)   the regional implications of the establishment of an AFL team in Tasmania for economic development;

   (d)   whether the AFL commissioners’ obligations to current supporters of the game override their desire to promote larger television audiences for it; and

   (e)   other related matters.