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AFL Tasmania denies elite football focus

Tasmania's peak AFL body is hitting out at criticism of how it spends half a million dollars in State Government grant money.
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AFL Tasmania has rejected criticism it is wasting public money by focussing on elite level football.

State Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee is investigating how AFL Tasmania spends its annual allocation.

Last week, former Launceston Football Club director Phil Thurlow told the inquiry the body was incompetent.

He claimed AFL Tasmania’s board members made important financial decisions over cups of coffee, and were neglecting community football.

AFL Tasmania will appear before the inquiry soon, but is already defending its record.

In a statement, its Chairman Dominic Baker has dismissed the criticism as “a few former officials taking an easy opportunity to say whatever they want”, and claimed the inquiry had been politicised.

Mr Baker says AFL Tasmania has spent at least $500,000 on community football this year.