The Age May 27, 2007
Word from the AFL is that when Pyne and Brandis turned up like looking like Laurel and Hardy, all they could do was produce a single page with some pathetic dot points. And not even on official letterhead.
The Power Index January 12, 2012
“Christopher Pyne and George Brandis marched into the AFL in 2007 trying to whip up hysteria on the [allegedly weak, three strikes] drugs code and he basically told them to fuck right off. And was right — Pyne’s criticism of the drugs code was way off the mark.”
The Age February 7, 2013
AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou said on Thursday night that the league was determined to do whatever it could to eliminate drug use, match-fixing or links to organised crime.
Despite admitting to fears of illegal activity within clubs, Demetriou defended the AFL’s history on drug-testing players, as he said the ACC report outlined it was impossible to detect some substances that sports science staff were experimenting with.
The Australian February 7, 2013
[Andrew Demetriou] said the code’s integrity unit, established in 2008, had no inkling of the extent of the problem.
Update: Christopher Pyne is onto this already:
The ACC Report today on drugs in sport confirms that the approach I took as Parliamentary Secretary and then Minister responsible for this area in the Howard Government for four years was right – sporting codes must have a zero tolerance approach to drugs. At the time the two organisations that opposed me most vehemently were the ALP and the AFL. Now the ALP is trying to play catch up and the AFL are reaping the whirlwinds of failing to act. Where were they when we should have had a bipartisan approach? On the wrong side of the debate.
I’m not convinced about the need for zero-tolerance to drugs in sport, but he did tell them so.