Dr. Kerryn Phelps, Member for Wentworth, rightly had her nose out of joint this week whilst her Liberal opponent Dave Sharma stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Sports Minister Bridget McKenzie for a photo opportunity as the Federal Government dedicated a lazy $15 million to the Swans for his or her new HQ. Despite Dr. Phelps being the duly elected neighborhood member, she did not even get an invitation.
“It, in reality, created quite a few controversies inside the vicinity,” Dr. Phelps instructed the Sydney Morning Herald. “People stopped me in the road and said they have been honestly irritated about it. This is mainly disappointing due to the fact sports activities need to be clear of partisan politics.”
Big-time sports is never clear of partisan politics and, as we’ve got visible on this election so far, each the Coalition and the ALP had been outdoing themselves allotting massive slabs of taxpayer cash to a ramification of expert sport cash-making commercial enterprise for everything from “excellence centers,” to new grandstands to new wearing HQs.
Yes, this stuff is always dressed up as if they’re helping the citizenry – it’s going to benefit the general public and boost numbers gambling, sincere it’ll – but very rarely are.
What I see is cash from the Big End of Town not going to the provinces in which it’s far wanted, or suburbia, or the grassroots in well-known, however as a substitute simply being sent down the road a piece to anywhere the closest and most wonderful wearing commercial enterprise is making the running. For you notice, committing the cash to the consideration boys captures the immediate headlines and feel-suitable stories for the fans in a way patient allocation of money for grassroots wearing infrastructure never could.
Why, as an instance, is the LNP giving $15 million to the Swannies? Isn’t the AFL the richest sporting code inside the united states? Aren’t the Swannies the jewel in their glittering crown? So why does the taxpayer surrender every other big cheque? Similar commitments by way of the Coalition and the ALP were made to expert rugby league, rugby union, soccer and netball outfits.
What I’d love to see is a policy which says the sports agencies are no extra deserving of presidency handouts than the neighborhood business that produces park benches, and alternatively, we’ll place our sports money to assist sports activities and sportspeople, beginning with kids, that actually need government assistance. No photo ops, but a lot better policy.