Counter arguments
There are, of course, those who will argue that the AFL is doing a fantastic job and there is no need for a full and independent review.

Let’s look at some of these counter arguments below.

The game is in great hands. Crowds are up and memberships are up.
Well, you would certainly hope so. As Australia’s population continues to grow, at the very least AFL crowds and memberships should also be increasing.

You don’t speak for me! The AFL is doing a great job.
Fair enough. The great thing about living in a democracy is that everyone is entitled to their opinion and point of view. There are always going to be those who believe the AFL can do no wrong. But there are plenty of people who are very unhappy with the current status quo.

I work in the AFL industry. I’m not sure that a review is needed.
We understand and appreciate there are people who rely on the AFL for their funding and/or accreditation. Why bite the hand that feeds you? We can only hope that there are people in the industry who are concerned enough to support the call for change.

I don’t care about any of this. All I want to do is support my club.
Understood. After all, no one barracks for the AFL. By lobbying for a full and independent review, our aim is to ensure the future success of our great game.

The problems with grassroots footy in country areas are the result of changing demographics, you can’t blame the AFL.
No one is arguing that changing demographics are not relevant, as they most certainly are. But a lot more needs to be done by the AFL if we are to ensure our great game not only survives at the grassroots level, but thrives.

At the end of the day, a review of the AFL will be a waste of time. It will achieve nothing.
The standard you walk past is the standard you accept. It’s time for change.