Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Sports and Recreation spokesperson
The Greens warmly welcome the appointment of Robert Auld to head up AFL Tasmania.
Football is a great unifying force in our community. It brings together people from all walks and runs of life, regardless of background, geography, religion, ethnicity and gender.
Mr Auld will bring a fresh outlook and we hope he can continue the work to help bridge the parochial football divide in the State.
We are optimistic Mr Auld will carry on former chief Scott Wade's hopes for a Tasmanian Women's team. Women's sport is on the rise and rise, and Tasmania should have its talented female AFL players representing the State in a national competition.
Too often we look to interstate clubs for our football identity, but it's time for a truly Tasmanian team and we reckon having a Tasmanian women's team in the national league would be a fantastic outcome. It would be great for the sport and great for women and girls in Tasmania.
With the women's competition beginning next year, and then in full flight in 2018, Tasmania still has the chance to take part.
We strongly encourage Mr Auld to work cooperatively with government and in a tripartisan way, to make sure we are proud contestants in the national competition.