Labor's Helen Polley has accused federal Sport Minister and Tasmanian Liberal senator Richard Colbeck of being a "flip-flopper" on funding for a prospective Tasmanian AFL team.
Senator Colbeck spoke to The Examiner on Sunday, saying the federal government would be "happy to consider" funding infrastructure to support a potential team in the state if the AFL provided a licence.
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The minister said funding for infrastructure was not the same as funding for a team's operations - which the Liberals consistently campaigned against in the lead-up to the federal election - and added that the federal government assisted other AFL clubs in a similar way.
Senator Polley said Senator Colbeck's "sudden support" for a Tasmanian AFL team and an openness to contributing infrastructure funding to support a team represented "the biggest backflip since the May 18 federal campaign".
On Monday, Senator Colbeck said Labor seemed "bizarrely determined to shackle themselves to their $25 million gift to the AFL".