NORTH Launceston president Thane Brady has backed Bass MHA Peter Gutwein's call for a parliamentary inquiry into Tasmanian football.
With the ongoing South Launceston turmoil and AFL Tasmania now involved in a half share of four new State League licences from next season, Brady said he was being approached daily by passionate local football supporters calling for the inquiry.
``The overwhelming theme is because the election process does not seem to be transparent there is a lack of confidence in the AFL Tasmania board and this is combined with anger, frustration and an overall dislike for its chief executive Scott Wade,'' he said.
``It is the view of the community I interact with that having a statesman and well-respected football identity such as Jeff Kennett call for Scott Wade to resign supports their position.
``This common position held in the community affects the Tasmanian State League and therefore my club.''
Brady said the current saga involving the South Launceston-Prospect licence changeover was also generating negative press aimed squarely at the involvement of AFL Tasmania.
He said Hobart's decision to withdraw from the new inner-Hobart city joint venture demonstrated that South Launceston members made the correct call in refusing to enter the same with Prospect.
Given Hobart's withdrawal, Brady questioned why AFL Tasmania would not grant the licence to joint venture partner North Hobart instead of creating a new club.
Brady said his club's future rested in AFL Tasmania's hands and it had a responsibility to ensure the new TSL clubs would be successful without providing favouritism.
He said a parliamentary inquiry could alleviate community concerns by providing accurate information on how AFL Tasmania was performing as manager of football in the state.
Brady also suggested addressing the level of funds received from the AFL and the state government and the standard of junior football programs.