• Sport for all

    Ruth Jeanes     |      September 6, 2021

    Widening the types of sports and participation that are supported and valued in policy and society will mean these benefits are more widely available for all.

  • Remembering the first post-pandemic Olympics

    Keith Rathbone     |      July 11, 2021

    Japan has battled through the pandemic to host the Olympic Games, albeit a year late and without spectators. However tough the conditions later this July, competitors at the first Olympics after the Spanish Flu – and Great War – had much more to put up with.

  • The “European Super League” debacle

    Robert Butler     |      April 23, 2021

    The abrupt rise and fall of the proposed European Super League shows the dangers of business being put before sport.

  • Voyeurism and media sport violence

    David Rowe     |      December 4, 2020

    The fiery crash suffered and survived by French Formula 1 driver Roman Grosjean has reignited the debate about the immediate and more insidious long-term dangers sports stars face for our entertainment.

  • Cathy Freeman, Jemma Mi Mi and the delusion of inclusion

    Jim McKay     |      October 21, 2020

    The recent ABC TV documentary about Olympian Cathy Freeman allowed the champion runner to tell her own story and raise some unsettling questions about the continuing extent of racism in this country.

  • And the winner is…Television: spectacle and sport in a pandemic

    David Rowe     |      September 19, 2020

    In the historic contest between sport and media, the Covid-19 Trophy went to television. In extra time to a fake soundtrack.

  • Plays well with others

    Melissa Conley Tyler     |      August 26, 2020

    Like all countries, Australia doesn’t always live up to its highest ideals. But our sportspeople can help us strive to be our best – and show the better face of Australia to the world.

  • A sporting chance for liberty

    Max Thomas     |      August 20, 2020

    The over-regulation of Australian Rules football is an example of the nanny state nature of Australia itself. Simplifying the rules of sport and life, rather than adding to them, might produce better outcomes for us all.

  • A league of their own? Why the NRL wins on male privilege

    Karen Brooks     |      July 3, 2020

    Rugby League’s preferential treatment in the COVID-19 shutdown while women’s sport was shutdown reveals both male privilege and the power of its commercial partnerships. It also makes a mockery of the NRL Chairman’s claim that “we’re all in this together”.

  • Australasia will host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup: What’s not to like?

    David Rowe     |      June 27, 2020

    Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand have won the right to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. In the middle of a global pandemic, sport in both countries surely has something to celebrate.

  • It’s a RAP for indigenous women: Reconciliatory action and the Commonwealth Games

    Michelle O’Shea     |      June 3, 2020

    Reconciliatory objectives and activities should be a cornerstone of all current and future planning for major sporting events in this country.

  • This non-sporting life

    Brett Hutchins     |      April 19, 2020

    For the first time since the Second World War, the global sporting machine has ground to a standstill. Beyond the financial loss suffered to leagues and competitions, what is the effect on spectators?