it does not change the originating point - soccer has its hand out for facilities just like everyone else - including the AFL. This is normal practice, the AFL at Dockklands was an exception. You hold up Docklands like its some beacon of self reliance and ignore the hundreds of millions spent at Kardinia Park, and other stadiums - and yes the AFL has contributed a fraction of that cost where others havent, but again they chose to do so - no one else is because they havent been required to nor are they expected to.
is it really zero in apropriations or do you just wish it was? If a Government body is paying money for the redevelopment then its still taxpayer funds. Its either that or the MCC is living essentially rent free at the MCG. You take your pick.
The AFL might be an exception, but what you've got wrong is that you think its a goddamn standard that literally no one else is following. And that has been my central point all along.
This was the original point....
One of the great lies that does the rounds on soccer forums is that the government gifted the AFL Docklands...just when they were about to gift it to soccer!
You are the one who is arguing against something nobody has claimed....to the point of absurdity