Andrew Bolt has an interesting snippet of information:
[Tim Mathieson had] taken a mate, ABC host Barrie Cassidy, to an AFL game between Richmond and Essendon, and was furious to see Opposition Leader Tony Abbott getting the same VIP treatment, including a tour of the players’ rooms.
Nothing wrong with taking a mate to the football. Even if that mate is the host of one of the premier political talk shows on the taxpayer funded ABC.
But it seems Tim Mathieson was a guest of the Richmond Football Club in his capacity as “first bloke” – i.e. the invitation would have been part of some sort of “government relations” program. Now I suppose that Barrie Cassidy, as host of Offsiders, might have been at the game anyway (he is a Collingwood supporter) but the question remains. I think the ABC needs to reassure us that this is all above board.