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IPA Poll: Australians Believe Politics Is Out Of Bounds On the Sporting Field
28 October 2022

IPA Poll: Australians Believe Politics Is Out Of Bounds On the Sporting Field

“Sport is a defining component of the Australian way of life, where we all can play and cheer together, and the message from mainstream Australians is clear: play the ball and not the man,” said Daniel Wild, Deputy Executive Director of the Institute of Public Affairs. A poll undertaken in October, by marketing research firm Dynata, asked 1,000 Australians to
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Thorburn’s Cancelling Shows Politics Is Now Football’s Main Game
6 October 2022

Thorburn’s Cancelling Shows Politics Is Now Football’s Main Game

This article was originally published in The Australian Financial Review on or about 6 October 2022 and was written by the author in their capacity as a contributor for that publication. It has been republished on the IPA website with permission. The views expressed are those of the author alone. The AFL prides itself on being a cultural and workplace leader – and
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AFLW Disrespect A Towering Female Role Model
15 September 2022

AFLW Disrespect A Towering Female Role Model

This article was originally published in The Spectator Australia on or about 15 September 2022 and was written by the author in their capacity as a contributor for that publication. It has been republished on the IPA website with permission. The views expressed are those of the author alone. The AFL decision to renege on its commitment last weekend to observe a minute’s
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Long Game Can Turn Underdog To Premier
7 December 2021

Long Game Can Turn Underdog To Premier

As a lifelong Saints fan I was struck by former St Kilda coach Grant Thomas’ recent reflection on the club now holding the unfortunate record of longest premiership drought after Melbourne’s grand final win. He said “there are two types of teams in the competition – one that’s in the premiership business and the others that are sort of playing AFL.”
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Sport Should Unite Us, So Why Are Its Pampered Pooh-Bahs Using It As A Tool Of Division?
14 July 2020

Sport Should Unite Us, So Why Are Its Pampered Pooh-Bahs Using It As A Tool Of Division?

Australians go to the footy to get away from politics and watch and enjoy the footy. Elitist sports administrators would rather abuse their positions as custodians of our favourite games to grandstand about their own divisive beliefs and undermine the unifying force of sport in Australia.  In June in the AFL and the NRL, following the restart of their coronavirus-delayed
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Poll: Australians Say Footy Has Become Too Politically Correct
8 July 2020

Poll: Australians Say Footy Has Become Too Politically Correct

“Australians have had a gutful of their favourite past-times being dominated by the narrow obsessions of Australia’s sporting elite,” said Morgan Begg, research fellow at free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. A poll of 1,011 Australians was commissioned by the IPA and undertaken by marketing research firm Dynata between 19-23 December 2019. It asked Australians to agree
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Memo AFL: Do You Play Footy – Or Politics?
30 June 2020

Memo AFL: Do You Play Footy – Or Politics?

Australia is not a racist country and the Australian Football League should know better than to give its support to a movement that says that it is.  Before round two kicked off on 11 June, players from Collingwood and Richmond announced they would “take a knee” in support of Black Lives Matter, the international protest movement which claims to oppose police violence against black people. By the end of the round, all players at every match had
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21 June 2019

Intrusions That Just Drive Us Crazy

Maybe ASIC is trying to do to big public companies what the AFL is well on the way to doing to the game of Australian football. Numerous and never-ending changes to the rules, ever-shifting interpretations of those rules by an ever-increasing number of umpires and tribunals, and now the introduction of ”Behavioural Awareness Officers” patrolling through the crowd is a
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AFL Acts As Cheerleaders For Labor’s Left Agenda
16 April 2018

AFL Acts As Cheerleaders For Labor’s Left Agenda

The decision by the Victorian Government to spend $225 million of taxpayers’ money on renovating Etihad Stadium is corporate cronyism of the highest order, and inseparable from the AFL’s recent lamentable Left-wing turn. The government and the AFL announced the funding as part of a package that will also see tens of millions of dollars directed to the improvement of Ikon
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