The Tasmanian Greens today (sunday) stated that consistent with their policy position to not support taxpayer subsidisation for the AFL Hawthorn deal at Aurora Stadium, they would not support direct government funding for AFL games at Bellerive.
Greens Leader Nick McKim MP said that the community is facing tough budget challenges ahead, and that there were other urgent priorities for government assistance, including welfare organisation and people doing it tough.
Mr McKim, who is a keen Hawthorn supporter, also said that the Greens supported AFL and would love to see a Tasmanian AFL team, but warned that further government funding support for another fly-in AFL team could put this at risk.
“With the budget challenges facing us, the Greens believe the top priorities need to be assisting those in our community doing it tough, and the many other urgent and worthwhile demands requiring funding assistance, rather than taxpayer funds being used to bring fly-in AFL matches to Bellerive,” Mr McKim said.
“This is consistent with the position we took over the Hawthorn deal.”
“Decision makers should be making the best decision for all Tasmanians, rather than seemingly populist ones, and this responsibility is even more important when facing tough financial times and increasing demands on a shrinking budget pie.”
“If there is more money for footy it should be prioritised for Tasmanian country and suburban clubs, many of whom are really struggling,” Mr McKim said.