Politician freebies on table
THE AFL is winning the war of codes against the NRL, at least in Federal Parliament.
Six senators declared they were given free tickets to AFL finals matches while only one, Sports Minister Mark Arbib, took up the chance of also watching the rugby league grand final at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium.
A register of Senators’ interests tabled in Parliament showed Mr Arbib went to the famous drawn AFL grand final between Collingwood and St Kilda, along with Kim Carr, Mathias Cormann and Nick Sherry.
Liberals Mitch Fifield and Scott Ryan were also given tickets to the preliminary final between St Kilda and the Western Bulldogs.
Nationals Senate Leader Barnaby Joyce, a Queenslander, preferred the option of eight tickets to the rugby league State of Origin, given to him by a person or company known as “Mille”.
Over in Western Australia, Labor’s Glenn Sterle was provided with two complimentary honorary memberships to the Western Australian Trotting Association.
While it’s not clear whether he was a winner on the day, Senator Nick Sherry also accepted an invite to the Melbourne Cup from Crown Casino.