AFLMA Newsletter #5 :: 7 November 2001
The Newsletter of the AFL Members Association
In this issue:
1) The Meeting with the AFL
2) AFLMA AGM
3) Government Recognises the AFLMA
4) Spreading the word
5) Contact details
THE MEETING WITH THE AFL
As most of you would know, the AFLMA met with the AFL on 12 October.
You can read a summary of the meeting at
In the weeks since 12 October we been continuing the dialogue with
the AFL, with the AFLMA's intention being to influence what is
included in next season's Terns & Conditions. When the T&Cs have
been released expect to see a detailed response from the AFLMA.
In recent weeks we have been giving much thought to the timing of
the AFLMA's first Annual General Meeting.
In order to give as many of you the opportunity to attend we felt
that it would be inappropriate to hold the meeting in the weeks
prior to Christmas or during the summer school holidays. We then
realised that it would be difficult to hold an AGM in November. We
have to give AFLMA Members at least two weeks notice of the AGM, and
before that could happen we had to locate a meeting venue. While
this was possible we realised that we'd be rushing things (both for
you and us), so we've decided that the AGM is to be held in late
February or March.
An AGM early next year has all sorts of advantages. It means that we
can give you more than the required two weeks notice. We want the
AGM to be used to promote the AFLMA's cause and we think this is
better achieved when interest in football is higher (that is,
Feb/March rather than in November). Also, we want the AGM to be more
than just a business meeting, and the longer lead time allows us to
effectively plan that non-business part. We'd like the AGM to be the
AFLMA's part of the launch of the 2002 Footy Season.
GOVERNMENT RECOGNISES THE AFLMA
We have recently learnt that the Victorian Government, through the
Minister for Sport and Recreation, The Honourable Justin Madden MLC,
has recognised the existence of the AFLMA.
Some members have told us that they have written to the Minister
regarding the way the AFL has recently been treating its membership.
In responding to those letters the Minister has noted "I am advised
that an AFL Member's Association has recently been formed for the
purposes of promoting the interests of AFL Members." AFLMA contact
details are then provided.
Unfortunately the Minister also notes "The Government is not in a
position to directly impact on the ticketing distribution
arrangements made by the AFL ... or other issues associated with AFL
Anyone wishing to write to the Minister can do so at the following
The Hon. Justin Madden MLC
Minister for Sport and Recreation
GPO Box 2392V
Melbourne VIC 3001
In return you'll get the autograph of a former President of the AFL
SPREADING THE WORD
Do you know other AFL Members? People at your work, friends,
relatives, etc? Tell them about us. Pass on our website address.
Give them a copy of this Newsletter. Encourage them to get in touch
The AFLMA has produced a sign-on form, for use by those who don't
have internet access. It is available in Word format, so that you
can print it out and hand it on to friends. If you'd like a copy
please send an email to email@example.com.
The Purpose of the Association is simply "To promote the interests
of AFL Members". Membership to open to any financial AFL Member
(Full, Restricted and Absentee) and there is no cost to join.
- Irwin Hirsh, on behalf of the AFLMA Committee