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the final countdown (iii)

25 September, 2013

Today’s Fremantle-themed post takes us away from the Parliament of Western Australia, heading instead to the federal Senate:

Senator FIELDING (2.45 pm)—My question is to the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Conroy. Given the minister’s comments in relation to the changes to the antisiphoning regulations that all AFL blockbuster games will continue to remain on free-to-air networks, can the government explain whether a Carlton and Collingwood match would be screened on free-to-air TV even if both teams were positioned 15th and 16th on the ladder respectively?

Senator CONROY—I thank my fellow Collingwood supporter for that question. I will have to refer Senator Fielding to our president for his suggestion that our team could end up 15th or 16th in the foreseeable future. His membership rights may be revoked for that suggestion, but on his behalf I will plead with our president not to do that!


There is currently a formula of sorts that is applied by the AFL. It is a formula that ensures that all teams get some coverage on a Friday night, irrespective of their position on the ladder.

Senator Chris Evans—Unless they’re Western Australian.

Senator CONROY—So all teams get some exposure. We will have no sledging from the Dockers on this side of the chamber. I am looking forward to the match between the Fremantle Dockers and the new Giants from Western Sydney. In that purple versus orange clash, sunglasses will have to be issued!

Subject: Television Sports Broadcasts [Senate – Questions Without Notice]

Date: 17 November 2010

Hansard reference: p. 1473 [online (pdf)]

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