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Brumbies take taxpayers for an extra $720,000

By johnboy - 26 June 2009 66

[First filed: May 21, 2009 @ 14:31]

The ABC brings word that on top of a regular $1 million a year of taxpayer love the Brumbies have hooked in for an extra $720,000 following International Sporting Clothing going titsup.

    Brumbies chief executive Andrew Fagan says the shortfall would not have affected player payments but would have reduced the money spent on junior development.

    “It would have had a long-term impact on those community programs,” he said.

    “Given the nature of it being an eleventh-hour collapse of a major sponsor of ours, the Government didn’t want that long term impact on the community.

    “So they were happy to provide us with this one-off grant – some of which is a loan.”

“Happy” eh?

UPDATE: The ABC reports what the exact package, which has now gone through, was:

    The $720,000 package will be made up of $300,000 in special assistance alongside a $170,000 loan and $250,000 in pay roll tax relief.

The Canberra Times notes that the Raiders now want to know where their special package is seeing they’re here more and aren’t ashamed to be associated with the city. But if we’re doing this for the youth development where’s the money for swimming? Hockey? Volleyball? Netball? Badminton? Basketball? Lacrosse? Floorball? Orienteering? Athletics? Gymnastics? Martial arts? Water polo? Cricket? Boules? Rock climbing? Cycling? Skiing? Paintball? Billiards? Ballroom dancing? Tent pegging? Fly fishing? Ultimate frisbee? Cheerleading? Tampolining? Kite fighting? Rogaining? Canoeing? Polo? Squash? Luge? Boxing?

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66 Responses to
Brumbies take taxpayers for an extra $720,000
johnboy 3:54 pm 21 May 09

Not really the place to debate the comparative merits of the rival codes.

justbands 3:51 pm 21 May 09

> Hahaha righto!! UNION (lol sorry had to do it) is for footy players who aren’t skilled enough to play League. :p

Skills in league? League is Rugby with the skills taken out…lineouts, scrums, rucks, mauls….all gone. Just run, pass (well, sometimes), tackle…that’s it. Boring. Anyway… 🙂

The Raiders are getting 12000 a game? I was thinking they were getting more like 6 or 7 thousand.

motleychick 3:34 pm 21 May 09

> I’m probably just being mean about the Brumbies cos I hate Union. :s

It’s called RUGBY!

& that’s ok…I hate league. Well…I guess it’s ok, for a watered down version of the real thing. 😉

Hahaha righto!! UNION (lol sorry had to do it) is for footy players who aren’t skilled enough to play League. :p

Clown Killer 3:33 pm 21 May 09

Yeah, 25,000 dounds a little high. The games I managed to get to this season were in the high teens.

justbands 3:32 pm 21 May 09

> I’m probably just being mean about the Brumbies cos I hate Union. :s

It’s called RUGBY!

& that’s ok…I hate league. Well…I guess it’s ok, for a watered down version of the real thing. 😉

chewy14 3:32 pm 21 May 09

justbands said :

> The Brunbies are only beloved if they are winning. If they are losing everyone just starts following the Faiders.

The Brumbies haven’t won the comp for some years (or even been in the finals). They’re still getting average crowds that are twice that of The Raiders….mind you, the Raiders have been REALLY bad! 🙂

The Brumbies are averaging 25000 now?
That’s as likely as the Raiders making the finals this year.

motleychick 3:26 pm 21 May 09

I think Monday night was a perfect example of how much the Raiders suck. Haha. I’m probably just being mean about the Brumbies cos I hate Union. :s

Apologies for the spelling mistake in my first post.

justbands 3:18 pm 21 May 09

> The Brunbies are only beloved if they are winning. If they are losing everyone just starts following the Faiders.

The Brumbies haven’t won the comp for some years (or even been in the finals). They’re still getting average crowds that are twice that of The Raiders….mind you, the Raiders have been REALLY bad! 🙂

motleychick 3:15 pm 21 May 09

If the Brumbies are so beloved (as I believe they are), how on earth has this situation arisen?

The Brunbies are only beloved if they are winning. If they are losing everyone just starts following the Faiders.

Steady Eddie 3:05 pm 21 May 09

Is Andrew Barr now Minister for the Brumbies as well?

Clown Killer 3:00 pm 21 May 09

My reading of the OP is that the money would be used to cover shortfalls in community programmes. I’m guessing that’s rugby for school kids and junior development. Encouraging our youngsters to play sport, be active and perhaps most importantly – not playing league – sounds like a worthy investment of the Governmnts meagre resources.

justbands 2:59 pm 21 May 09

> I’m upset that we’re already giving $1 million. I ask, how much of THAT is paying for players’ payments?

See my previous post. The answer is “none”.

justbands 2:58 pm 21 May 09

> If our dear leaders cannot afford to pay for public sculptures why should we pay for a bunch of footballers with the public purse.

Player payments are covered directly by broadcasting money through the ARU. This shortfall would have meant less money to go around for the ACT Junior Rugby Union. So, we’re not “paying for a bunch of footballers” at all, we’re just ensuring the healthy survival of the junior comp here in Canberra.

Given those facts…it’s a pretty misleading headline there too johnboy, very “A Current Affair”.

PM 2:54 pm 21 May 09

Bread and circuses.

If the Brumbies are so beloved (as I believe they are), how on earth has this situation arisen?

I’m upset that we’re already giving $1 million. I ask, how much of THAT is paying for players’ payments?

phototext 2:46 pm 21 May 09

If our dear leaders cannot afford to pay for public sculptures why should we pay for a bunch of footballers with the public purse.

“shortfall would not have affected player payments”

God forbid that the players may have to take a paycut like so many other Australians are at present.

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