Cut out the middle man

Democracy is predicated on the idea that all votes are equal. Unfortunately, in Australia, that isn’t true. The problem is that we’ve built a system that ensures a small number of voters have a disproportionate sway over our politics, pushing both major parties in their direction. This Saturday, in the lower house, your vote will […]

Recipe: Lime and Lady Grey Tea Biscuits

Back when I was a poor student, there was one luxury I allowed myself: these incredibly lime and lady grey shortbread biscuits sold at the markets at what was then Fox Studios. Sadly, though, the stall disappeared, and for years, I was without these delightful morsels of yumminess. Then, a few years ago, I went […]

Fair, good, better: improving the AFL's cost-of-living allowance

With alarming predictability, the AFL’s cost-of-living allowance comes up every couple of months, usually during trade week, just before the season starts, and any time a team with the concession does well. As a Swans supporter with a pretty active twitter account, hardly a week goes by without someone making a sly comment, explicitly or […]

Wherever you're from- but you should probably be a man

The AFL’s new ad is based on the premise that people everywhere can be captured by our game. Here is what I learnt from the ad: Here’s the link to the ad. It’s actually worse than even those screen shots capture. 58 seconds long, and women get 3.5 seconds of screen time.

My life in sport, or how I learnt to think about sport

It took a long time to recognise my love of sport, and longer still to acknowledge it. As it kid, I wasn’t remotely self-conscious about it. I loved Kieren Perkins from the minute I heard him tell his story on an ad during Saturday Morning Disney in the lead-up to the 1992 Olympics. I spent […]

New voices needed to solve an old problem

You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before. – Rahm Emmanuel It appears Andrew Demitriou and the AFL have been listening to the advice of Emmanuel, using today’s Crime Commission announcement as a way […]

The exclusionary language of inclusion

I have this horrible, sinking feeling that much of the work that was done to encourage tolerance has backfired. Instead of actually encouraging inclusiveness, the language of tolerance is now used by many as an excuse to never reconsider their opinions. Language designed to encourage inclusiveness has become a way to justify exclusion. I’m glad […]

Rethinking TV Award Ceremonies

After watching the Golden Globes last night, Jonathan and I discussed our general discomfort with the award categories, so we brainstormed for a bit to come up with our ideal TV award design. Here are our suggestions: Get rid of the arbitrary drama/comedy distinction. Increasingly, it’s more difficult to say what’s what (see: Season 2 […]

On footy media…

There are so many things that are great about footy. The game itself is unparalleled: it’s elegant and tough at the same time, and a game can turn in a moment. The atmosphere at games is incredible. And club membership is diverse: looking around at games, there are men and women, children and grandparents, people […]