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Tasmania Premier Requests AFL Launch Date Be Postponed

Tasmania Premier Jeremy Rockliff has asked for the state’s AFL Club launch to be postponed until after the state election.

The club planned to reveal its name, colours, logo and foundation jumper on March 18.

Rockliff wrote to the chairman of the Tasmania Football Club, “The launch of our Tasmanian team should be a moment of great unity and pride and not used as a political football.”

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Mr Rockliff said he will not attend the launch during the campaign, encouraging other Liberal MPs and candidates to do the same.

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Plans to build a $715 million dollar stadium in Hobart have been divisive.

The Liberals said they will cap their contribution at $375 million, while Labor has promised to try and re-negotiate the stadium deal if elected.

“We will not be commenting on issues during the election campaign – these are matters for the people of Tasmania,” Rockliff said.

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