Greens' Senator for South Australia Sarah Hanson-Young has won Senate support for a motion calling on the ABC to maintain its broadcast of SANFL games.
The motion won support from all parties and was co-sponsored by Senators Penny Wright (Greens), Nick Xenophon (Independent), Anne McEwen (Labor) and Simon Birmingham (Liberal). See full text below.
"The Senate today has sent a clear message to the ABC that it does not want to see local sporting coverage dumped for commercial reasons," Senator Hanson-Young said.
"Local footy is enjoyed by thousands of SA families and is a key part of the culture of our state. This is precisely the kind of thing that our national broadcaster should be promoting."
The Senator spoke on the matter in the Senate yesterday afternoon, following speculation that the ABC may discontinue the coverage.
Senator Sarah Hanson-Young
That the Senate:
i) The future of the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) broadcast on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) is in doubt
ii) The South Australian Football Association was established in 1877 (later to become the SANFL ) making it the oldest football league of any code in Australia and one of the oldest sporting codes in the world
(b) Recognises the coverage:
i) Is enjoyed by thousands of South Australians and football is intrinsic to the culture of this state and the nation as a whole
ii) Is consistent with the ABC's charter, in particular section 1, A (i) which refers to broadcasts that contribute to national identity and cultural diversity.
(c ) Calls on the ABC to maintain its broadcasts of SANFL games.