Tasmanian Labor strongly welcomes today’s confirmation that Tasmania has been granted the 19th AFL licence. Tasmania has a proud footballing history and our state is worthy of inclusion in the national league. Peter Hudson, Royce Hart, Darrel Baldock, Mathew Richardson, Alistair Lynch, Rodney Eade and Nick and Jack Reiwoldt are greats of the game. Tasmania deserves our own teams in the AFL and AFLW and this is exciting news for boys and girls who can one day grow up to represent our own state team in our own colours and for football fans right around our state. It’s no secret that we’ve disagreed about the way the Tasmanian government has negotiated with the AFL to secure the license and we remain opposed to taxpayers funding a $1 billion stadium in Hobart. But we do look forward to cheering on our own Tassie side when they take to the field at York Park and Bellerive in 2028.