The other Grand Final

The AFL Grand Final turned out to be one of the most exciting I can remember (my memory of VFL/AFL Grand Finals stretches back to the 1971 game for those that are seeking more precision from that statement.) Any footy game which is still in the balance in the final seconds has to be exciting….

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Footy & Free Speech

I see the AFL is once again cracking down hard on coaches criticising the game’s umpires on the grounds that it stops people from volunteering to be umpires, and reduces the quality of the talent pool available for this difficult job. I quite like Andrew Demetriou and have previously noted his views with approval. I…

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Other Things

I watched the Nick Cave special on ABC TV last night. I’m still mildly peeved at missing Nick’s recent tour due to my visiting Nauru at the same time. The TV special was a poor substitute but it was still interesting to see. I was actually hoping to be at a friend’s 40th birthday party…

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night creatures, sunshine and cricket

Do you play cricket? or ever wondered what happens when the night creatures come out to play in the sunshine? Tomorrow (Sunday) I engage in one of my far too infrequent attempts to do ‘other’ things that aren’t politics. I’ll be playing in a trial game for a not-overly-serious- but-still-formally-organised cricket competition. This cricket competition…

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Pig City launch and other distractions

We’re heading into the final week of the campaign, and I noted an item from Newspoll stating that 25% of people haven’t given much consideration to how they are going to vote yet. I imagine it’s far higher than that for people’s Senate vote. It’s time to start working even harder now.I was mildly surprised…

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Rocking (or popping) against Howard

Getting up on stage to play a couple of short sets (4-5 songs) of music as a support to Frenzal Rhomb and The Herd was a nice change from straight election campaigning, although they were both Rock against Howard shows, so there was obviously a bit of a political flavour there. I think we managed…

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The ungreat debate, humour and footy

The debate between Howard & Latham is finished. No mention of indigenous Australians, no mention of the environment and the Worm seems to have been more captivating for viewers and analysts than either of the contestants. No mention of the Senate either of course, even though that contest is just as significant for our future…

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Lots of places, lots of topics

It feels like it’s been a long week – one with plenty of opportunity for blog bits, but inspiration and availability of a computer never seemed to coincide. It started in Alice Springs and then took me to Orange, Canberra, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne. Our attempt to draw attention to indigenous issues…

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