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Community sports clubs no better off second time around

Thursday, 7 June 2018

It pays to do your homework.

Today in Parliament, Labor’s Sports Minister John Eren again failed to explain if a cost-benefit analysis had been done on Labor’s $225 million deal with the AFL.

It’s a question he also failed to answer one week ago at the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee (PAEC).

John Eren is either incompetent or trying to hide Labor’s failure to determine if handing $225 million to the AFL – for free – will actually benefit Victorians.

Labor’s Sports Minister also claimed at PAEC that some sports clubs had “actually approached government” saying they wanted low-interest loans – but then couldn’t name a single club.

A week later and he still can’t name one club that has approached government.

Two-thirds of Labor’s sports budget will be spent on elite sports, while grassroots community sports clubs in need of a new roof, upgrades to their club kitchen or women’s change rooms, miss out.

Community sports are being handed the interest bill and the crumbs left over after Daniel Andrews’ $225 million free kick to the AFL.

A Liberal Nationals government will support our grassroots sports clubs and redirect any money we can from the Etihad deal to community sports.