“As a footballing heartland state we have paid our dues and deserve much better. We have supported the AFL and before them the VFL, providing some of the best talent to play the game and it’s now time for the AFL to treat Tasmania fairly,” Gutwein said.
“As there is significant interest in this matter in Tasmania I am releasing the response from the AFL and I will be seeking a meeting with Mr McLachlan at the earliest opportunity to continue to press our case.″
McLachlan acknowledged the impact the delay might have on the government’s ability to progress negotiations with the Hawks and the Kangaroos, writing “if that remains an issue, we would propose the AFL deal directly with the two clubs and the implications for them in 2022, as well as for Tasmanian football.”
McLachlan wrote that the $600 million drop in revenues across the industry as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and the major disruption it caused to the league made it impossible for them to commit to a timeframe.