• Scott Morrison’s sports rorts

    Jim McKay     |      March 18, 2022

    The Federal government perverted the Community Sport Infrastructure Grant program, supposedly under the purview of Sport Australia, for electoral advantage, but may end up paying an electoral price.

  • No regrets, coyote

    David Rowe     |      March 6, 2022

    Australian cricket lost two of its greats last Friday, swashbuckling wicket-keeper Rod Marsh and peerless leg-spinner Shane Warne. Neither were saints on or off the field, but both embodied the winning mentality and larrakin personality which Australians seek in the sporting heroes.

  • Youth sport builds better citizens

    Vaughan Cruickshank     |      February 24, 2022

    While professional sport is often a cesspit of greed and cheating, encouraging children to play sport at school can develop their social values and empathy for others as well as keep them fit and happy.

  • Healthy minds need healthy bodies

    Open Forum     |      February 14, 2022

    As students resume school and summer sport, new research from the University of Sydney shows a positive link between participation in sport and academic performance, with the strongest association when sport is held during school hours.

  • 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.