Category Archives: Sport

MICHAEL THORN. Cricket Australia throw Aussie kids to the Lion

Alcohol and sport sponsorship is a toxic marriage, an ill-fitting and dangerous partnership. Like sport and tobacco sponsorship before it, it is anachronism; a throwback to a less enlightened era.  

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STEVE GEORGAKIS and JADE WARD. The first week in February 2017: A Landmark for Women’s Football Codes

Histories are silent on any real influence that women have had on their respective sport. This is because involvement in these sports have historically emerged from the connotations that such sports were about providing opportunities for men to develop a … Continue reading

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STEVE GEORGAKIS. Gilchrist and Australia’s national sport, Cricket?

Until recently cricket is a sport that has rarely engaged other minority cultures, such as Indigenous Australians or newly arrived migrants. In fact, unlike other sports such as Australian Rules football, cricket has been resistant to broaden its base. … The … Continue reading

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THOMAS BABOR, DAVID JERNIGAN, CHRIS BROOKES. Alcohol marketing: the simple truth

According to the World Health Organization, there are 3.3 million deaths attributable to alcohol use worldwide each year. Alcohol marketing, promotion and sponsorship are widespread in most of the world today and marketers are moving increasingly to digital and social … Continue reading

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STEVE GEORGAKIS. How professional sport handicaps youth sporting culture.

The recent spate of incidents and reports of doping, match-fixing and wall-to-wall TV coverage of betting, alcohol and junk food advertisements has stimulated considerable debate about the impact of commercialised sport on Australian youth.  

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PETER DAY. Kyrgios: the anti-hero

Like the rest of us, Nick needs time: time to mature; time to know himself; and time to sort out the wheat from the chaff – as regards the latter, I think he’s already worked out that the media is … Continue reading

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IAN WEBSTER. Protecting young people from our ‘favourite drug’ – alcohol.

Marketing of alcohol is out of control. 20% of those watching major sporting events on TV are under the age of 18 years.  

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JOHN MENADUE. Cricket – alcohol and junk food.

Cricket has a dangerous relationship with alcohol and junk food.  

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MUNGO MacCALLUM. The Olympic Games. A chance to celebrate and honour human achievements.

  My favourite Olympic Games story comes not from Rio in 2016 but from Persepolis in 492 BC. The setting was the court of King Darius I, who styled himself Darius the Great. His Persian empire was vast, but there … Continue reading

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STEVE GEORGAKIS. Sport is only sport if you participate; otherwise it is a spectacle

  The highpoint of sport occurred more than 2,000 years ago when the ancient Greeks established an education system which placed a significant emphasis on the playing of sport and in particular the educational value of participation in sport. The … Continue reading

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KATHY CHAPMAN & BRIDGET KELLY. Unhealthy sport sponsorship continues to target kids.

In the final month of the countdown to the Olympic Games, our sports stars are probably not eating and drinking the Games sponsors’ foods. Again, as in previous Olympics, the Olympic Games sponsors are Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Cadburys, whose foods … Continue reading

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JOHN TULLOH. Olympics and oil – a tale of two South American countries.

  Back in 2009, the International Olympic Committee made a bold decision. It decided the 2016 Games would be held for the first time in South America, a continent not noted for its political, economic or social stability. Rio de … Continue reading

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PETER DAY. Despite alcohol and gambling in sport, let us never forget ‘the backyard’.

Sport is a majestic thing. Just like our imaginations, it takes us to so many good places. The backyard: where gran and grandson become batting partners in a fiercely fought family ‘Test Match’. The beach: where sand and water gently accommodate the … Continue reading

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STEPHEN LEEDER. Alcohol and sport.

Queensland’s victory over NSW in the June 1 game was reported as the highest rating State of Origin match ever and ‘the top TV event of 2016.’ Both teams carried alcohol advertising on their clothing into the match. The association … Continue reading

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MICHELE KOSASIH. Seven years on and still itching for change on the negative impacts of alcohol.

2016 marks seven years for the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education’s (FARE) Annual Alcohol Poll (conducted by Galaxy Research), and we continue to see Australia’s concern about the negative impacts alcohol has on the community.

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Evan Williams. The seven sacred cows of Australian politics

We are indebted to the Hindu religion for that useful term sacred cow. As every schoolboy knows, Hindus venerate the cow and forbid its slaughter or abuse. Our political landscape abounds in sacred cows – institutions or practices that are … Continue reading

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John Dwyer. ‘Health’ products and treatments that are often unproven and sometimes dangerous.

                  Health Care Advertising and Consumer Protection There are far more irritations than pearls available currently to those of us trying to champion the importance of having our health care underpinned by credible scientific evidence of clinical effectiveness. Though we … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Supporting Adam Goodes.

This blog is a repost from 1 August 2015. Adam Goodes has been bullied and vilified because he has reminded us of our dark history and the discrimination that continues against him and many others in Australia today. We don’t … Continue reading

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Robin Room and Michael Livingston. Alcohol companies target the 20% of Australians who drink 75% of the alcohol.

Researchers have known for a long time that alcohol consumption is quite concentrated in a small part of the population. They argue about the exact distribution, but there is substantial agreement that, so long as alcohol sales are not heavily … Continue reading

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Michael Thorn. Caught Out: How Cricket Australia maintains Aussies high drinking average.

  The runs are coming thick and fast in the current Victoria Bitter One Day International Series between Australia and India, bested only by the onslaught of alcohol advertising both on and off the pitch as well as in the … Continue reading

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Steve Georgakis. The unholy trinity of sports advertising in Australia – betting agencies, junk food and alcohol.

Why we shouldn’t be surprised that tennis is implicated in match-fixing. The first day of the Australian Open was marred by revelations alleging widespread match-fixing and cover-ups in men’s tennis stretching back more than a decade. World number one Novak … Continue reading

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Peter Day. Professional sport needs more ‘Pats’.

Despite all the feel good talk, the rags to riches stories and wonderful qualities that people like to associate with professional sport, when all is said and done, what really shapes and drives it are these three things: Results 2. … Continue reading

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Dennis Hemphill. Essendon Football Club

Their club failed them, but Essendon players can’t excape blame for doping ban. Fingers are pointing again at the Essendon Football Club for its failures in the long-running supplements fiasco. This follows the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s (CAS) decision … Continue reading

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John Menadue. The Ugly Australians.

Repost from 01/04/2015 They are very good cricketers, but the behaviour of our cricketers leaves a nasty taste. The morning after the World Cup victory the Australian captain seemed proud to tell us that all the Australian team were hungover. … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Cricket and the sound of summer.

For me, the most memorable comment of the cricket season so far has been by Steve Smith, the Australian captain, explaining that the VB logo on their jackets wasn’t really advertising alcohol. It was only ‘branding’. I notice that he … Continue reading

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Sean Gorman. Goodes is gone but the confronting truth remains.

For many AFL fans, the last week in September is the time of the year where we reflect on a season that could have been and dream of next year. One thing we can be sure of is that we … Continue reading

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Sandra Jones. Don’t worry about the kids: Let’s just protect the alcohol industry

A recent study from Monash University found that a quarter of all alcohol advertising on Australian TV was during televised sports. Importantly, 86% of alcohol advertising between 6.00am and 8.30pm (that is, when kids are most likely to be watching … Continue reading

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Andrew Pridham. Adam Goodes and Rosa Parks.

Before last weekend’s match between the Sydney Swans and the Adelaide Crows, the Chairman of the Sydney Swans, Andrew Pridham, gave a very challenging speech about Adam Goodes and racism in Australia.  He said that recent events are a seminal … Continue reading

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Marcus Woolombi Waters. We all know and admire the Haka … so why not one of our own?

The first I heard of the Adam Goodes Bumala-y Yuurrama-y (war dance) I was in Aotearoa/New Zealand. I had been watching my son play rugby. It was a carnival (under 12s) and they had just lost the grand final. After … Continue reading

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