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TT Line and the footy bill …

In a sign that our State Government is as transparent and honest as it has always been, it seems Lara is sticking to her word and won’t be sponsoring the footy in Hobart. I had been informed Workplace Standards would be footing the bill instead. Close, but no free Sherrin … it seems it’s TT Line. It’s still another clever investment of scarce resources.

Ferries to sponsor Roos into Hobart
ABC Online

Tue 07 June 2011

State-owned company TT-Line will sponsor AFL club North Melbourne to
play two games a year at Bellerive.

The Premier, Lara Giddings made the announcment at Bellerive Oval
flanked by officials from North Melbourne, the AFL and the ferry

TT-Line will spend one and a half million dollars over three years on the deal.

Ms Giddings was forced to find a third-party sponsor because of the
State’s grim financial position, which prompted pressure from
Tasmania’s public sector unions which are expecting severe job cuts in
next week’s Budget.

The deal also triggered outrage from the State’ north which fears the
deal will jeopardise Launceston’s government-funded Hawthorn deal.


• Nick McKIm …

Nick McKim MP
Greens Leader

The Tasmanian Greens today said that the Premier’s announcement that the TT Line would sponsor AFL games at Bellerive was a win for common-sense, now that the money will not be coming out of State Budget coffers and therefore no cuts to services as a result.

Greens Leader Nick McKim MP said that while the Greens could provide in-principle support for the alternative model involving the TT Line GBE, they reserve the right to scrutinise the detail of the arrangement.

“This alternative model is a win for common-sense, and recognises the validity of the concerns raised by the Greens and others in the community, that funds from the State Budget being used to bring AFL games to Bellerive is not the top budget priority for the Government,” Mr McKim said.

“We give in-principle support to this alternative model, on the basis that it is off-budget with no taxpayer money coming from the State coffers, and of course we reserve the right to scrutinise the details of the deal and its implementation.”

“The Greens have always said that any funds to get this arrangement over the line should not come at the expense of services to the Tasmanian community. This has been delivered.”

“The Greens and others who argued for the State Budget not to be used can feel pleased to have influenced the Premier’s decision,” Mr McKim said.

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  1. Russell

    June 9, 2011 at 1:30 am

    Hey, southern residents!

    Guess who the southern Councils are going to hit up for their part of the deal? You’ll be paying twice as much as the rest of the state. Once for TT-Line’s share and another for your Councils’ share.

    Enjoy your footy guys.

  2. Philip Lowe

    June 8, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    I couldn’t give a rat’s arse about AFL.All this looks to me like the efforts of a B Grade bunch of political bogans to divert attention from their collective mediocrity.What a load of bollocks!

  3. Robin Halton

    June 8, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Premier Lara Gidding tells
    us one hand she would not be prepared to use $500,000 of taxpayers
    money to fund the two North Melbourne Football Club games at Bellerive
    next thing we are told that their sponsor turns out to be one of our
    GBE’s and not a private sponsor!
    Don’t forget that back in 2005 the late Premier Jim Bacon, against
    Treasury advice gave TT Line a rescue package of $115M to prop up the
    ill fated Spirit III on the Sydney-Devonport run.
    I cannot recall the final outcome of the exact figure of gross
    financial loss to the State but TT Line was forced to close the service
    and eventually the ship was eventually sold off at a fire sale price!
    The overall debt believed to be tens of millions of dollars owing by the
    Spirit III was never expected to be paid back!
    The Spirit III saga represents one of those black hole results when GST
    flowed freely to Tasmania, unaccounted for, big spend ups occurred,
    little empires sprung up all through government and its GBE’s, jobs for
    mates and mates flourished unchallenged in a reckless frenzy!
    Tasmania is currently in deep crisis which will remain for some years
    as there is little hope of Federal government bailouts because of the
    $10-15B rebuilding program for flood and cyclone affected Eastern
    There is little room for financial complacency $500,000 is a lot of
    money as a gift to prop up an ailing AFL club when TT Line should hold
    onto its reserves to directly finance unexpected events as the two ships
    are getting older and therefore less reliable. Expensive repairs to
    ensure reliability could precede the eventual replacement of the two
    Gambling on further taxpayer money on football is risky business, I
    don’t like it and I will be contacting Ald Valentine HCC requesting
    information how the Council intends to supply its “approved” funding
    share for this doubtful venture for football at Bellerive!
    Great pity we don’t have Sue Neales from the Mercury to report on how
    this development is to be staged; maybe she will appear on TT.

  4. Col

    June 7, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    #24. Never been a fan of pineapple, but you’ve got me feeling peckish now 🙂

  5. Michael Swanton

    June 7, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    #23. Lash out and order a small hawaiian Col. Michael Swanton.

  6. Col

    June 7, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    As a nth melbourne supporter I’ll be happy to go along and watch them next year, I’ll be happy to see their finances propped from this cosy little deal.

    As a tax payer, I am perplexed as to how this gets priority over a raft of other more important issues, like Colony 47.

    As a 7th generation Tasmanian, I am frustrated by the lack of commonsense in our state. Who cares if Launceston has a good football ground and scheduled AFL matches. If by whatever means Hobart gets AFL footy, it will be good in the long term for our chances of getting a side in the AFL.

    Launceston (for all the same reasons that test cricket would never have been played at the NTCA) will never support a full-time AFL side with 17,000 crowds.

    As a voter, I wish I voted green, so that I could take my vote away from the greens. They are worse than the LIB LABs. The latter pretend to represent something, the former seriously believe they represent something. Don’t think so, once both the LIBs and LABs take away their preferences, which will happen federally and at the next state election, they are kaput.

    Roll on some genuine independents!!

  7. Philip Cocker

    June 7, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    What a totally unedifying spectacle of elected representatives rushing around to give a few dollars to a billion dollar enterprise. The over inflated claims of economic boost are splendid if you forget that the majority of monies will be money from other parts of the Tasmanian economy.

  8. signofthetimes

    June 7, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    About time…..It’s only two games a year.
    It is better than nothing, after all the liberal put money after money after money under robin gray the minister at that time was peter hodgeman.
    Well done the people of Hobart who really wanted this to happen, That forced the labor government to think about who they really work for…The voters of Tasmanian and Tasmania

  9. Tom

    June 7, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    The biggest difference today from Bacon and Lennon is that now the Greens also support these same dodgy deals and McKim is going out of his way to destroy what little credibility they might still have left with a few people. Green worshippers need to try something novel – read his media release and weep.

  10. Pete Godfrey

    June 7, 2011 at 10:54 am

    My first question is .
    What are those men up to in the picture?
    My only comment is Crap.
    The money is coming directly from Tasmanian Taxpayers of which there aren’t many.
    The last thing we need is a “bread and circuses premier” but unfortunately we have one.
    Now it seems that Lara is following on in Paul Lennons footsteps, intefering with the business of GBE’s.
    Remember the sale of the Hobart Airport?
    Dodgy deals are the order of the decade.
    How about trying something novel Lara, try running the state for the good of the people.

  11. William Boeder

    June 7, 2011 at 3:37 am

    #12. Russell, once again you have cut straight to the chase.
    This whole enchilada of Lara stating the State government ain’t gonna be stumping up the ridiculous amounts of money demanded by the richly corpulent Houdini’s of the AFL, (for just a little more of the same media obsessed winter season circus,) well, twas another of her spilled-over crocks of utter B—sh–!
    Apparently she must be unaware of who owns the TT line.
    (TT Line and their $18-1900-00 dollars to float over a 6 metre caravan or motor home, seemingly anxious to frighten the bejesus out of so many ‘but now no longer’ potential tourist visitors.)
    Meanwhile the non existent fidelity of our State government boldly continues its careering media spinning plunge, (at somewhere near rocket-speed,) to be flattened at the next sooner or later State election.

  12. Russell

    June 7, 2011 at 3:00 am

    The most hilarious thing about it was Demetriou, I think, said “and we’ll get 20,000 people going to these games.”

  13. Faulconrod

    June 7, 2011 at 1:36 am

    S’pose that’s the end of the cut rate fares to Melbourne. What about Colony 47? Need a revolution now! Sorry Nick but you better come good soon or the Libs will walk in-not that they are any better than the crew we have now.

  14. D.I.Nicholas

    June 7, 2011 at 12:28 am

    It won’t be long before Lara has holden emblems fitted to the exotic car fleet so she can inform us they are comodores.

  15. Ron

    June 7, 2011 at 12:09 am

    As Max said above “who in there right mind is going to catch the ferry, drive 277 km. 3 hrs 30 min to Hobart in the middle of winter.”

    It would make MUCH more sense for Federal Hotels to invest in this. That they have not done so is interesting.

  16. Russell

    June 6, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Nick McKim thinks the money isn’t coming out of the state budget. TT-Line’s money comes out of the state budget Nick, you loser.

    Some advice for Kim Booth. Leave the Greens and become an Independent, because the Greens are going to be hammered into oblivion next election.

  17. Baz

    June 6, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Get yourselves a chair .. I actually agree with you !! What is the world coming to??

  18. john hayward

    June 6, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    At first I wondered why they didn’t make someone like the Hobart Airport stump up for it, then remembered they had already been spent.

    But, wait a minute, what about FT? Then I recalled that they held some kind of lien over the LibLabs.

    TT is at least a GBE still available for stripping, and Lara needs all the help she can get. We wouldn’t want to lose that sort of talent.

    John Hayward

  19. Russell

    June 6, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    “The Government won’t be putting any more money towards the AFL.”

    Lies, lies, fucking lies.

    Does TT-Line even make a profit? Probably a stupid question really. Which GBE does?

    Nick McKim is gone at the next election.

    The more Independents, the better.

  20. max

    June 6, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    What is wrong with these clowns, TT is a ferry, who in there right mind is going to catch the ferry, drive 277 km. 3 hrs 30 min to Hobart in the middle of winter. How many days will these foot ball fans spend in Tasmania, and how long before TT recover the $1.5 million that belongs to the Tax payers. What about the $20 million that has to be spent on the ground?

  21. Tom

    June 6, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Reminds me that the Greens actually signed up for this freshly enlightened government as a new transparent paradigm in politics or some similar hogwash bullshit McKim merrily keeps harping on about from the backseat of one of he’s limos!

  22. mark 2

    June 6, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Lara may well pull the wool over Nick McKim’s eyes, but not over the people of Tasmania she won’t. TT Line is a GOVERNMENT business and uses taxpayers dollars to operate. Investing the $1.5M into cheaper seats on the Boat might bring more people here than a football match one overnight boatride and a five hour drive away!

    Slippery government. Cant quite believe Nick fell for it.

    Media Release: Premier Announcment on AFL Welcomed by Greens
    Nick McKim MP
    Greens Leader

    The Tasmanian Greens today welcomed Premier, Lara Giddings’ announcement, that AFL games at Bellerive are likely but that state budget funds will not be used to secure those games.

    Greens Leader Nick McKim MP said that Ms Giddings’ announcement is consistent with the Greens position to support AFL in Tasmania but not to use taxpayer dollars.

    “This is good news. It’s a win-win outcome where by it now looks likely that AFL games at Bellerive can go ahead but it will not require state budget funds in these very challenging budget circumstances,” Mr McKim said.

    “Ms Giddings’ announcement today is consistent with Greens’ position. In tough budget times we have to make sure that the state budget is prioritised to delivering core services to Tasmanians.”

  23. Trevor K

    June 6, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Apparently there is a breed of chicken called tetra tints, or TT, and you’ll recall the 2009 North Melbourne chicken sex film saga perhaps?

    So maybe the TT Roos is kind of, well, suitable?

  24. Michael Swanton

    June 6, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    What GBE had a huge consumer price rise recently?
    Starting and ending in A.
    Michael Swanton.

  25. Trevor K

    June 6, 2011 at 7:23 pm


    A third party?

    A state owned GBE?

    The Ocean View Recliner Roos it is then!

  26. Leonard Colquhoun

    June 6, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Any more nominations?

    My guess is that any of them will make as much sense as all of them.

    The truly sad thing is that this Labor mob is so hopelessly incompetent that anything and everything makes sense.

  27. Trevor K

    June 6, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Well I think we all know it will be something slimy. I was betting on Forestry Tasmania myself, with Gunns as an outside chance.

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