Huge AFL Grand Final snub for the Voice ‘Yes’ campaign

Huge AFL Grand Final snub for the Voice ‘Sure’ campaign

  • AFL spokesperson declined to run Voice shows 

The AFL has reportedly dominated out selling the Voice on Grand Final day after the league fee warned towards an eleventh hour push.

Each the AFL and NRL have declared their assist for the Indigenous Voice to parliament, with grand finals for each codes to happen earlier than the October 14 vote.

However whereas high authorities officers anticipated the occasions to ship the Sure campaign’s message to thousands and thousands of viewers, an AFL spokesman its governing physique – the AFL Fee – wouldn’t run any adverts for the Voice on recreation day.

The fee reportedly guidelines that the AFL wouldn’t actively campaign throughout the September finals sequence, 9 newspapers reported.

The AFL Grand Final comes only a fortnight earlier than each Australian will go to the polls to vote Sure or No to the Voice referendum
Robbie Williams performs throughout the AFL Grand Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Sydney Swans at the Melbourne Cricket Floor in Melbourne final 12 months

Excessive-level sources conversant in the fee’s determination stated golf equipment and particular person gamers would nonetheless be free to take action, in the event that they selected.

Sure campaign sources stated a grand remaining day push may danger a backlash from followers who didn’t assist the mixing of sport and politics.

‘Folks simply wish to watch the footy,’ one supply stated.

Opposition Chief Peter Dutton has beforehand hit out at so-called ‘elites’ in the AFL and NRL over their public assist for the Sure campaign earlier this 12 months.

‘Their followers are actually scratching their head as to why the elites inside the sport are taking a place in to the Voice,’ Mr Dutton stated.

The Voice campaign has garnered assist from a number of high-profile present and former gamers, together with Essendon’s Michael Lengthy.

The Voice campaign has garnered assist from a number of high-profile present and former gamers, together with Essedon’s Michael Lengthy
However an AFL spokesman has informed 9 newspapers the nation’s largest sporting physique had declined to run Voice shows on recreation day – Saturday September 30

Lengthy is at the moment strolling from Melbourne to Canberra to drum up assist for the Voice, and this week stated he would additionally petition King Charles.

As for the NRL, who’ve additionally backed the Voice publicly, a spokesperson informed 9 papers grand remaining plans had not been ‘finalised’.

A supply conversant in the league’s plans stated the NRL was growing plans to assist the Sure campaign with an occasion(s) previous to the vote.

‘The AFL is best at the optics, no query, however they’re at the moment making excuses to not get on board,’ the supply stated.

Labor sources additional alleged to the media that the determination to carry the referendum on October 14 was not less than partly pushed by the grand finals.

A variety of concepts to advertise the Voice throughout the occasions had been reportedly mentioned, together with boundary line promoting and a recitation.

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