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The AFL has been heavily criticised over a memo sent to clubs calling on them to determine their position on the Indigenous Voice to Parliament, with media personality Steve Price labelling the move 'disgraceful'.
The memo, sent by GM of Inclusion and Social Policy Tanya Hosch, urged clubs to advise the AFL if they will support the Yes campaign ahead of the upcoming referendum.
'We invite and encourage you to advise us if your club will be taking a position to support the referendum yes campaign,' the memo read.
'As the AFL will be considering this in the coming weeks, your advice on this will be gratefully received.
'This information is supplied to provide guidance regarding language to support building awareness of the Referendum during Sir Doug Nicholls Round in 2023.'
Media personality Steve Price (pictured on The Project) labelled the AFL's memo to clubs about the Voice to Parliament 'disgraceful'
The memo, sent by the GM of Inclusion and Social Policy Tanya Hosch (pictured), urged clubs to advise the AFL if they will support the Yes campaign ahead of the upcoming referendum
Price revealed he was 'shocked' by the memo and questioned why the AFL 'requires such a person' in Hosch's position.
'A senior executive has given AFL clubs until May 8, so a week away, to reveal before their Indigenous round if they will be ticking Yes on a Voice question that's still being debated for a referendum without a date that is dividing Australia like no other referendum has,' he said on Sky News Australia.
Price stated the memo 'disgracefully' does not ask a question about whether the club is even taking a position on the Indigenous Voice to Parliament.
'It's urging a Yes position to be taken,' he said.
'It will be fascinating to see if any of the clubs decline to reveal any position at all, and why should they?
'I'm a member of an AFL club with 100,000 financial members… I contribute three of those 100,000 memberships.
'Is my club going to run a poll of its own financial members and sponsors at great expense to see if a majority of us want the club to push the Yes case on the Voice? ... I bet they won't.'