Shock as Dan Andrews throws Netball Australia a $15 million sponsorship lifeline after mining billionaire Gina Rinehart pulls money over her father’s racism scandal
- Rinehart withdrew sponsorship after Indigenous player Donnell Wallam expressed concern about wearing the Hancock Prospecting logo
- Those concerns arose from comments made by Rinehart’s father in the 1980s about sterilizing Aboriginal communities through the water supply.
- Now the Victorian government has risen as a white knight to meet the $15 million deficit and save Australian netball from financial oblivion
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Netball Australia has been rescued from financial oblivion by the Victorian government, with Prime Minister Dan Andrews pledging the $15 million in sponsorship money recently withdrawn from the sport by Gina Rinehart and Hancock Prospecting.
Rinehart withdrew funding after native player Donnell Wallam expressed concern about wearing the Hancock Prospecting logo on her netball dress for her debut game against England.
Donnell Wallam of the Diamonds celebrates victory with Cara Koenen after the korfball match between the Australian Diamonds and the England Roses at Newcastle Entertainment Center
Her concerns arose from comments made by Lang Hancock, Rinehart’s father, in the 1980s about sterilizing Aboriginal communities through their water supply.
She was supported by the entire Australian Diamonds playing group and Rinehart consequently pulled in much needed sponsorship money as Netball Australia struggled with debt.
Dan Andrews has confirmed that Visit Victoria will become Australian Diamonds’ new sponsor, making up for the $15 million shortfall after Gina Rinehart withdrew funding
Now the Victorian government has stepped in, with Andrews confirming that Visit Victoria would be the new sponsor.
“We are delighted to announce today a four and a half year sponsorship deal under which Visit Victoria will become a major sponsor of the Australian Diamonds netball team,” said Andrews.
“This is a coup for our state. This is all about supporting korfball.’
Under the four-year deal, the Super Netball grand final will be played in Victoria next season, while the Diamonds will also wear Visit Victoria branding on their team kit and play five test matches and hold training camps between 2023 and 2026.
Andrews said there was also competition from other states to sponsor the Diamonds.
“Clearly there was a sponsor. That sponsor was gone, so there was a gap and Visit Victoria rushed to fill it,” he told reporters.
“Other states wanted this, but Victoria got it.”
Hancock Prospecting chairman Gina Rinehart withdrew $15 million in sponsorship for Netball Australia after Wallam raised concerns about wearing their logo, which was supported by the players
The Victorian government’s decision has proved divisive, with many wondering why a state government is sponsoring a sports team.
“As a Victorian taxpayer, I would like to know how this aligns with the general principles of Vic government sponsorship, in particular: support the achievement of government goals and objectives, increase the effectiveness of strategic programs,” he wrote. a person.
“If the VIC government cared about women’s sport, why didn’t we bid on the big games of the Women’s World Cup?” asked another.
‘This is horrible! The state with the highest debt, the state with the highest tax. Our money is our grandchildren’s fault,” wrote another.
‘This is my tax money, not your money, did you ask me???? This is called stealing!’ Another tweeted.
Australian players cheer as Amy Parmenter of Australia is presented with the Player of the Match award during game two of the International Test series between the Diamonds and England
However, there was also a lot of support for the move, which will secure the financial future of the Diamonds for at least four years.
This is epic leadership Prime Minister! Welcome to Victoria, Australia’s largest and most progressive state. Lmao to all the far-right cookers who attacked the netballers and used the ridiculous “Go Woke Go Broke” hashtag,” one fan posted.
‘Well done Vic! Smart move,” said another.
“Very happy with this decision, especially given the recent events. I’m glad I’m a Victorian who supports theses, resists racism and “wealthy rule the world, and sets the standards” for the right of some mega-empire,” wrote another.