Public funding for women's sport on free-to-air TV (not Foxtel)

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Shortly before the release of the 2017 Budget, the Prime Minister pledged $30m to Foxtel for the promotion of women's sport.  

There are around 100,000 Foxtel subscribers in Australia who will have access to the benefits of Mr Turnbull's largesse.  

Free to air television can be accessed by the entire population of Australia, and digital streaming makes this programming available to overseas audiences.  

The runaway success of the new AFLW league is evidence of the public's appetite for women's sport programming.  Government funding for televised women's sport (derived from taxes paid here!) cannot be handed to a commercial subscription channel.

We demand the $30m available for promotion of women's sport in Australia :

  • NOT be given to subscription services, but
  • allocated to the free to air TV channels 
  • preferably the not-for-profit channels ABC & SBS.


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