Can anyone explain how it's unsafe for Servicemen and Women to march on ANZAC Day or attend the dawn Service whilst 85,000 people sit on top of each other for a football game?
The government has, to date, been unable to satisfy my curiosity
Simple; the government has no idea. I raised this same question in a letter to The Age earlier this month. Others have followed suit. The march and the football are both outdoor events, but there has been a deafening silence from all relevant government departments.
However, it has to be remembered that Sport runs Victoria - the AFL can basically demand what it wants and get it. People can be denied the use of a public park for months so that we can pay an obscene amount of yours and my money to stage an F1 Grand Prix. The authorities always tell us about the benefits to Victoria, and steadfastly refuse to provide any evidence of costs versus what we receive. The Tennis Centre has had squillions spent on it (our money again) so that pampered players can have five star treatment.
The RSL used to have quite a deal of clout in years past, but that seems to have gone now. If the often-offensive Bruce Ruxton was still the State President of that body, his voice would be echoing off the nearby hills and buildings and the government would hear it.