AFL Tasmania hearing set for Tuesday

AFL Tasmania will front the joint parliamentary inquiry committee into the public funding of football in the state in Hobart on Tuesday.

Inquiry chairman and Windermere MLC Ivan Dean said yesterday that the hearing would be held in committee room 1 at Parliament House at 1pm.

"We've had a response from Dominic Baker, who will be appearing, but he is yet to identify those who will be accompanying him at this stage," Mr Dean said.

"They will be the only witnesses appearing and we anticipate that it will take some time and we have set aside time through to 4.30pm at this stage."

Mr Dean said he expected the hearing to be open to the public unless there were good reasons, such as commercial in-confidence information, for AFL Tasmania to ask to give evidence in camera.

He could not say whether any further witnesses might need to be called as a result of the evidence to be given.

"I would hope that there will be the people there that we would like to talk to and we might then be able to wrap it up on Tuesday, but it depends on who they bring with them," he said.

Mr Dean said the committee wanted to get at least an interim, if not final, report from its hearings to Parliament before the end of the year. "I would think they [the government] will look at the report fairly closely seeing as it is state or people's money that they are looking at," he said.

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