To repeat - the AFL charter requires that its primary purpose to grow the game and Goyder has specifically stated this on more than one occasion.AFL all about money. Never forget that. That's why Tassie was overlooked for gws & GC. Selling pitch to TV was larger audience share in the bigger markets. Of course this never happened & now other clubs must be questioning the logic of funding two failing entities.
The need for new expansion clubs in NSW and Qld was specifically outlined in the Carter Report, adopted by the AFL several years some years prior to when the new clubs were announced. And as the Carter report stated, the new clubs were crucial in the main objective of greatly increasing participation in our game - and this has most definitely happened and is also now resulting in NSW and Queensland players being increasingly represented at AFL level -now over 100.
And I haven't seen a scrap of evidence of any club questioning the logic of funding these clubs. I think all are well aware of the logic. GWS in particular is on the road to long term success (having been to half a dozen or so of their home games) and the Gold Coast will eventually get it right on-field. Despite their lack of on-field success to date, their crowds have mostly been OK (eg 16,000 last week). They too won't fail, no matter how much you want that to happen.
And I'm certain Tassie will also get its own team sometime next decade.