Political leaders’ failure to report allows cycle to continue


How much longer can Scott Morrison ignore the stench of the abuse of women within his party? He should grow a backbone and force the senior minister named in the most recent rape allegation to step aside. Then encourage the police to investigate the issue the best they can. The Coalition, indeed Australia, will wear this ugly issue until it is thoroughly dealt with. – Henry Spirek, Orange

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You have to hand it to conservative commentators such as Parnell Palme McGuinness who will desperately try to spin the indefensible under the guise of “whataboutism” (“Women in the house causes friction in factions”, February 27-28). She devotes more than half her column space to one Labor Party incident from five years ago, while minimising the glaring cover-up by the Coalition in the latest of a string of sexual scandals as “trivialities of timing”. McGuinness reinforces the sad demise of ethical and even legal behaviour within the Coalition, where “getting away with it” has become the unofficial slogan of successive administrations. – Andrew Barrs, Prospect

The PM has clearly learnt a lot from the pandemic; preventing the spread of the accountability virus in his office with political distancing, quarantining the facts, isolating victims, and always wearing the mask of implausible undeniability in public. Until the electorate develops ‘heard’ immunity to news of the current outrage, he can breathe easily … until the next outbreak. – Peter Fyfe, Enmore

Surely, above all else, we need, crave, a Minister for Ethics and Decency? – Julia Booth, Westleigh

Segregating sexes only leads to dysfunction

I attended an all-girls high school and have been a teacher for over 30 years. My brother taught at an all-boys high school (“Rape culture reckoning as claims unleashed”, February 27-28). Both my brother and I ensured our children attended co-educational schools as single-sex schools did not reflect the reality of living in a society where men and women co-exist. Respectful relationships develop from working alongside someone, not seeing them from a distance as a possible conquest. I am dumbfounded that schools continue to segregate boys and girls. This is the real cause of the problem. – Cathy Ahearn, Kiama

When I went to The King’s School many years ago, there were no girls around. They were exotic creatures who were desired but completely misunderstood, leaving misogyny and sexism to flourish. Recent reports show nothing much has changed in private all-boy schools. This isn’t such a problem in New Zealand and many other countries where there are few private schools and most children attend public co-educational schools and mix happily with the opposite sex. – Andrew Macintosh, Cromer

I read with admiration the Cranbrook head boy’s address to the students but, combined with Chanel Contos’ survey, it paints a sorry picture. Consensus seems to be that schools must do more to prevent underage and unsupervised alcohol-fuelled sexual assaults in private homes. Are some parents so irresponsible that they are allowed to hand over all parental responsibility to teachers? – Judy Jackson, Orange

Entitlement is the power inherent in sexual assault, the power that ignores the other. Porn is irrelevant, other than as a tool in the school principals’ values clarification exercises on power, equality and respectful sexual relations. (“Schools blame porn as key element in poor attitudes to consent”, February 27-28). – Anne Eagar, Epping

Brandon Jack says he was the only male in his gender studies class at university (“Men, be brave like Asher and help him redefine masculinity”, February 27-28). Why is this so? Feminist academics need to examine why such courses have no appeal whatsoever to men. To hazard a guess, the subject is probably now best described as “radical feminism” which attacks so-called privileged white males. Why would male students subject themselves to such attacks? – Riley Brown, Bondi Beach

Four boys (no girls) in their school blazers promoting “Independent Schools” on the cover of an advertising liftout (February 27-28). This type of imagery steeped in historical sandstone and navy is cringeworthy, anachronistic and untimely; part of a bygone era that should be forgotten and one which the current crop of principals would do well to avoid given recent events. – Dorin Suciu, Eleebana

Labor, you need to talk to Kevin

Although Kevin Rudd has not endeared himself to many in the Labor movement, the fact is that he is one of the few to have led the party to government from opposition. Thus he should be listened to, particularly when his proposals for a roadmap back to power make eminent sense (“Courage is needed to go negative”, February 27-28). Rudd is correct when he asserts that Labor has been so consumed with principle that it has forgotten about winning the fight and destroying the policies, such as they are, of those presently in power. If nothing changes, Labor will continue to languish in opposition despite the deficiencies of the government. – Max Redmayne, Drummoyne

Rudd is absolutely right. God knows, there’s more than sufficient ammunition to blast this government out of office and into oblivion for several terms. Just do it, Labor. – Maureen Jones, North Rocks

Really, Kevin? Is that the best you can offer? Surely you know that every time an opposition leader defaults to a reflex contrary view, voters just switch off. How about championing authenticity over negativity in Australian politics? We all deserve to be led by authentic politicians, not just those who think they can win by being negative. – Craig Marcombe, Neutral Bay

Frydenberg the future

It says a lot about conservative politics in Australia that a politician with such a skinny resume as Josh Frydenberg should attract paeans of praise (“A fixer with his eyes on greatness”, February 27-28). According to Peter Hartcher, Frydenberg’s path to “greatness” includes smashing Facebook – the evidence for this provided by Murdoch’s New York Post – failure to get a very mild carbon emission control policy through the party room; a likely binning of a tiny increase in the superannuation levy and a return to dire poverty for the unemployed. On the other hand, after re-reading the article, I wasn’t sure if it wasn’t a clever piece of political satire. – Tony Mitchell, Hillsdale

Frydenberg, as others have said, does not want to offend any MPs who might give him future support. But he might well offend potential voters by, for instance, being churlish to JobSeeker recipients. Sooner or later he will need to stand behind his principals and not those of others. – Tony Sullivan, Adamstown Heights

Where’s the care?

Megan Stoyles, I sincerely hope that your mother at least got some comfort from those Tim Tams (Letters, February 27-28). During my mother’s miserable two-year stay in a nursing home, she was also served biscuits, albeit a cheap generic brand. However, as she was totally blind, she only got to eat them if a visitor was present because the staff had no time to feed her. The current term “aged care facility” is a misnomer. – Peter Mahoney, Oatley

Your correspondent’s experience of her mother’s misery in a nursing home is unfortunately the demise of many of our elderly. Which is why I have decided to sell my home and accept with delight and gratitude my daughter and son-in-law’s generous invitation to live with them on their 15-acre property with seven dogs, four teenage sons, two goats, ponies, free-range hens and a rooster, n’ere a neighbour in sight, tank water, miles from the nearest shop, close to bushfire prone national park and patchy internet access. It’s going to be a crazy, risky and unpredictable ride but, for me, far preferable than a nursing home. – Elizabeth Maher, Bangor

Not so Stoked

Elizabeth Farrelly is absolutely right (“Are you Stoked by planning vision? Don’t be fooled”, February 27-28). The latest piece of “repetition, flummery and fluff” from the NSW Planning Department is a dangerous indication of the loosening of public protections. Nobody will argue against the fact that the NSW planning system is woefully inadequate and needs an overhaul, but “design-led development” is just another step towards rendering the system completely ineffective. – Bruce Hyland, Woy Woy

Farrelly says “design-led development” is a false objective that sets out to fool the public. So presumably she prefers no design, no involvement of architects and that somehow Sydney will just muddle along. She uses me as an example of how design-led “fools us” because I moved from being government architect to CEO of Urban Taskforce which she describes is the “dark side”. But Farrelly offers no ideas on how the city can be improved. – Chris Johnson, Millers Point

Magic worth millions

Gerry Harvey’s association with the Magic Millions has assumed a new poignancy (“‘JobKeeper did its job, we won’t repay it’ says Harvey”). – Neale Marshall, Roseville Chase

Living on the edge

Many of our South Coast towns have one road in and one road out, and the bush grows right to the edge of the road (Letters, February 27-28). We proudly protect our natural environment. Some of us, including Andrew Constance, were unlucky enough to experience last year’s bushfires. The removal of large trees, which in a bushfire, could impact the use of these roads, is sensible and necessary. It is a truly terrifying experience to be driving on a road, with fire licking vegetation close to the car. Low growing shrubs and native grasses could remain and would provide habitat for native fauna. – Valerie Little, Tathra

“No bush, no bushfire”, you’re definitely onto something Han Yang (Letters, February 27-28). We could follow up the clearing of all NSW trees with some nice new concrete footpaths. Barnaby Joyce – “have you ever seen a footpath on fire?” – was an early adopter of this theory. It’s a no-brainer. – Paul Links, Wamberal

Rodd Staples is my hero – his severance pay was worth every cent. I thank him for the enjoyment of being able to drive through beautiful tranquil country that has roadside trees. – Jenny Peat, Narooma

Christo Curtis’ suggestion to replace all trees with green cement is not new (Letters, February 27-28). Like many Greek migrants in the ’50s and ’60s, my Uncle George had a lovingly maintained all cement front yard painted in fetching shades of green and red. – Nick Andrews, Bellevue Hill

University business

The China trade war also affects the Australian universities (“China’s trade war targets students”, February 27-28). A multibillion-dollar market is lost. Take it as a blessing. Finally, our unis have an opportunity to stop being commercial businesses, reinstall academic rigour and honour the staff who deliver that. The government must provide funding to recreate a world in which academic excellence will prevail, rescuing the deteriorating international reputation of qualifications from an Australian university. – Servaas van Beekum, Bondi Beach

Wildlife lifeline

I would like to add my admiration and thanks to Pat McDonald (“Teacher loved her work so much she left it $7 million”, February 26). She once gave a young guy from fisheries a job teaching natural history on the famous Australian Museum train. Without that, I’d be still boring fishermen about echosounders and would never have made it to the ABC, where wildlife talkback has now been going for 40 years. Thanks, Pat! John Dengate, Avalon

Bread of heaven

I went to Randwick Primary School on Avoca Street directly opposite the Sunshine Bakery (Letters, February 27-28). The lovely convex face inside the loaf of bread, once pulled into two halves, was called “the baker’s apron”. They also assured me it was the older brother or sister that got the apron – warm, and usually saturated with butter, peanut butter, cheese or strawberry jam. Adrian Bell, Davistown

Well before pre-sliced bread, “newly married couple’s loaf” was the name my grandmother gave to a loaf with grooves baked into the crust. This evidently ensured the happy couple could cut evenly sized slices, a skill obviously beyond the unwed. Janita Rankin, Annandale

Clearly winging it

If a $200 chook needs to be poached in pig’s bladder to enhance flavour, one has to wonder how tasty the chook itself is (“Our clucky day: Australia pulls off a chicken coup”, February 27-28). Genevieve Milton, Newtown

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Veteran CPI leader D Pandian no more; Tamil Nadu leaders condole death


CPI veteran and the party’s former state secretary D Pandian died here on Friday following illness, the party said.

The 88-year old former MP was not keeping well and had been admitted to a government hospital where he breathed his last Friday.

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister K Palaniswami, DMK President M K Stalin and others condoled his death.

In his six-decade-long political career, Pandian was an active trade union leader among others and had participated in Railway and port union activities, CPI state secretary R Mutharasan said in a party release.

He represented the then North Madras Lok Sabha segment in 1989 and 1991.

He was injured in the bomb blast at an election rally at Sriperumbudur near here in 1991 in which former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was killed and lived with shrapnel throughout his life, Mutharasan said.

Pandian headed the party’s state unit from 2005 to 2015 and is hailed as a good orator while he had also written over 30 books and penned a number of articles in the party mouthpiece ‘Jakansakthi.’

He was at the forefront of issues like eradication of superstition, promoting science and social justice.

He will be laid to rest near Usilampatti in Madurai on Saturday.

In his condolence message, Purohit said “with a political span covering nearly many decades his contribution to the development of Tamil Nadu will always remain unforgettable.

“His demise is an irreparable loss to the people of Tamil Nadu and particularly to the Communist Party of India,” he said.

Palaniswami said Pandian was a hard worker and known to be an affable man.

“There is no doubt the life and experiences of brother Pandian shall be a lesson to the younger generation,” he said in a statement.

Stalin expressed shock over the vetern Communist leader’s death.

“He bravely faced any challenge and was a friend of the working class,” Stalin said while hailing the multi-faceted leader.

MDMK founder Vaiko, CPI (M)state secretary K Balakrishnan, Dravidar Kazhagam leader K Veeramani, BJP state President L Murugan, DMDK founder Vijayakant and Makkal Needhi Maiam founder Kamal Haasan condoled Pandian’s death.



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2021 Junior Council shapes city’s future leaders


The City has a new Junior Mayor with Aquinas College’s Kiera Kay sworn in today.
 
Supporting Ms Kay will be Deputy Junior Mayor Annalisa Choy, a volunteer lifesaver and student from All Saints Anglican School.
 
Mayor Tom Tate congratulated the students on their appointments.
 
“Our Junior Council program provides an important voice for the city’s young people. It gives our future leaders an opportunity to learn about their community as well as the importance of local government,’’ he said.
 
“It also helps those involved hone their public speaking skills and work on becoming better negotiators and community representatives.’’
 
Other members of the 2021 Junior Council Executive are:
 
Riley Knowles – Queensland Academies – Health Sciences Campus 
Lachlan McCure – Emmanuel College
Charli Horchner Queensland Academies – Health Sciences Campus
Ethan Bryson – Varsity College 
Zendrix Castanares – Helensvale State High School
 
Junior Council, now in its 29th year, provides an opportunity for young people to exchange ideas, discuss community issues and provide input into city planning, programs and services. It helps develop key skills such as communication, leadership and program development.
 
Nomination for Junior Council is through a membership process, with each school invited to select students to participate. 
 
For information visit www.cityofgoldcoast.com.au/juniorcouncil

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PM Modi asks party leaders to educate farmers, build grassroots support for new laws


The farmers’ agitation and the forthcoming Assembly polls in five states dominated the discourse at the one-day BJP conclave of national office-bearers on Sunday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi directed the cadre to spread the word from the grassroots level up about the benefits that will accrue to farmers from the three farm laws and other good governance measures.

With the farmers’ protest showing no sign of ending soon, the BJP meeting dedicated most of its political resolution to how the farm laws will help farmers at all stages – from the production of the crop, to storage and farmers getting the right price for their crop. The party has decided to launch a 15-day campaign to reach out to farmers on the three laws and educate them about its benefits.

The campaign will also “expose the false propaganda” of the Congress-led Opposition on the issue. The conclave, the first such exercise where leaders were physically present since the Covid pandemic began in March 2020, also discussed the broad strategy for the poll-bound states of West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry. Those incharge of these states presented reports on the prospects and the challenges facing the party in the April-May elections. Other than the national office-bearers, the BJP state unit presidents, state general secretaries (organisation), and leaders appointed as incharge and co-incharge of states also attended the meeting.

Speaking at the inaugural session, Modi said BJP does not work with the sole aim of winning elections and coming to power but also with the mission of bringing all-round development of the country. He said the party should increase its political presence with this motto in mind. He enumerated various measures like the Goods and Services Tax, the farm laws and the Covid fightback which have helped the country. Modi underlined that a “positive atmosphere” for development prevails in the country and this will help the economy grow and bring in investment.

BJP passed a political resolution which laid emphasis on the farm laws, the way the Covid pandemic was handled by the Modi government and the great job done by our scientists in developing two vaccines. The resolution congratulated Modi for not only saving lives but also taking care of the poor and the migrants through PM Garib Kalyan plan, providing free ration to 80 crore people, direct benefit transfer, and reforms in the labour laws. The resolution also emphasised that the TMC dispensation in West Bengal which is “undemocratic, oppressive and practices appeasement politics” has to be thrown out in the elections. BJP vice-president Mukul Roy later presented a report on the challenges facing the party in the state and the road ahead towards achieving victory in the polls.

Earlier, in his speech, the Prime Minister had praised the work of the party in West Bengal, saying a lot has been achieved but more needs to be done to win the state. BJP also expressed confidence of retaining Assam and is hopeful of coming to power in Puducherry. In Tamil Nadu, the party is pinning its hopes on alliance partner AIADMK to improve its seat tally while in Kerala it is working on emerging as the third pole after the Congress and the Left.

Delivering the valedictory address, BJP chief JP Nadda announced that the party will launch a 15-day campaign to reach out to farmers from the block and district level up to the states on the farm laws. The BJP members will meet farmers and strengthen Farmer Produce Organisations (FPOs) aimed at supporting them. The cadre will also talk to tribal communities on efforts initiated to improve their livelihood through the Van Dhan scheme. The party cadre has also been directed to inform people about efforts being made to make India Aatmanirbhar (self-reliant).



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Morrison says vaccine passport some way off; Victoria records three new virus cases; NASA's Perseverance Rover lands on Mars; Morrison takes Facebook news ban to world leaders; Brisbane siege continues; Coronavirus alert in Melbourne after water testing



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Thirteen years since the National Apology, Indigenous leaders say thousands ‘continue to suffer’



Australia will mark the thirteenth anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations without a Closing the Gap statement, in a break with the long-standing practice.

Kevin Rudd delivered the historic apology on 13 February, 2008. Each year since then, the prime minister has presented the Closing the Gap statement in parliament as close to that date as possible.

While the government will present a statement to parliament on 15 February marking the anniversary, and outlining progress in the Indigenous portfolio, the new Closing the Gap implementation plan will not be released until July.

Reports will be provided annually after that, Indigenous Australians Minister Ken Wyatt said on Friday.

Mr Rudd on Friday called the change “a brazen effort to wriggle out of accountability” in a tweet.

“All Australians deserve to know on Monday how their government is succeeding or failing in terms of meeting the #ClosingTheGap targets,” he wrote.

On Saturday, Labor’s foreign affairs spokesperson Penny Wong said work on Closing the Gap has “stalled”. 

“Today is the 13th anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations – a watershed moment of truth-telling. But for years now, work on Closing The Gap, the Voice to Parliament and Makarrata has stalled,” she said on Twitter. 

“I call on the Morrison Government to get to work and deliver.” 

Labor senator Patrick Dodson said much of First Nations people’s history “is yet to be learnt and taught”. 

“On this thirteenth anniversary of Kevin Rudd’s apology to the Stolen Generations, let us remember those thousands of survivors and their descendants who continue to suffer,” he wrote in a tweet. 

“Much of our history is yet to be learnt and taught. Until then, we will never be reconciled.” 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups are drawing attention to the ongoing, growing gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australia on the anniversary.

The number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children removed from their families has more than doubled since the Apology, according to a group of experts.

Peak body SNAICC, which represents the interests of Indigenous children and their families, said the Apology was “only the first step in truth telling for our nation”.

“We need to move from acknowledgement to action and recognise that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the experts in providing culturally responsive services to our children and families,” said SNAICC CEO Catherine Liddle in a statement.

“The National Agreement on Closing the Gap is an opportunity to invest in genuine support for our children and families to enable healing and break the cycle of trauma.”

Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT CEO Karly Warner said Indigenous expertise needed to play a greater role in court proceedings.

“Aboriginal expertise is rarely called upon in child protection court proceedings,” Ms Warner said in a statement.

She said courts needed to recognise the experience and passed-down knowledge of elders and grandparents, and not only those Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with doctorates and professional standing.

ALS was part of a symposium of experts, including child welfare practitioners including social workers, legal professionals, psychologists, academics, and community advocates, who met on Friday to call for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander expertise to be recognised.

The groups also want child protection systems to be transformed to reflect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and values.



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Joe Biden to hold talks with business leaders to make a public point of ignoring Trump’s impeachment


Joe Biden will hold talks with business leaders to make a very public point of ignoring Donald Trump’s impeachment trial after White House refused to even say how he would be updated on it

  • They will be joined by Treasury Secretary Yellen in confab on ‘the critical need for the American Rescue Plan to save our economy’
  • Meeting starts less than an hour after impeachment trial commences 
  • White House said Monday Trump won’t spend ‘too much time’ watching
  • Arguments Tuesday will be on constitutionality 
  • Meeting to focus on $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package 

President Joe Biden will continue his strategy Tuesday of making a public display of his focus on the coronavirus – rather than the historic impeachment trial set to consume political Washington.

The second impeachment of President Donald Trump on a charge of ‘incitement of insurrection’ begins in earnest Tuesday, as Democratic managers clash with the president’s team over whether it is constitutional to try a former president.

Biden, though, will be publicly showing his determination to boost the economy despite the pandemic that continues to ravage the nation. He will be joined by business leaders and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, at an event that kicks off less than an hour before the trial starts. 

President Joe Biden will meet with business leaders and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen Tuesday just as the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump begins in earnest

‘In the afternoon, the President, the Vice President, and the Secretary of the Treasury will meet with business leaders about the critical need for the American Rescue Plan to save our economy in the Oval Office,’ according to the White House schedule for Biden.

Joining will be Vice President Kamala Harris, whose vote could be needed to break ties on procedural votes during the trial. They will discuss the ‘critical need for the American Rescue Plan to save our economy’ – the president’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus package.

The move comes after White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Monday Biden was not planning to make C-Span appointment viewing a major part of his day. 

‘He will not spend too much time watching the proceedings at any time over the course of this week,’ she said.

‘He will remain closely in touch with Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi, Leader [Charles] Schumer – a range of officials on the Hill about his plan, and that’s exactly what they want to do is to remain focused on that,’ she added. 

She also sought to keep Biden out of the question of whether House Democratic managers should call witnesses in the trial, something they have yet to tip their hand on, and the question being argued Tuesday of whether a trial for a former president is constitutional.

‘He is going to leave it to the Senate to determine the path forward here,’ she said.

Biden has multiple reasons to try to lay low while his predecessor is put on trial even while remaining at Mar-a-Lago. He wants to keep momentum for his relief package that he campaigned on, one reason Democrats opted for a fast-track budget procedure rather than seeking potentially long talks with Republicans.

His own public approval has stayed relatively high as he has kept his focus away from the contentious days that preceded his term. And the impeachment fight, where an early test vote showed most Republicans were locked in to support Trump, has the potential to throw off other agenda items and nominations by soaking up floor time.

Even as Biden seeks to change the channel, Donald Trump will closely track his impeachment trial this week from the comfort of his Mar-a-Lago residence as he prepares for a guns blazing return to politics after his almost assured acquittal.

Trump is comparing the whole ordeal to his time as a TV personality, claiming the period between leaving Washington and waiting for the trial to conclude is like waiting for a new season of his show to start.

‘He’s compared it to that time in between seasons of ‘The Apprentice,’ building anticipation and wonderment for what’s to come,’ one adviser told Politico of his preparations for a ‘second act.’

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Senate leaders strike deal on rules for impeachment trial


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Senate leaders struck a deal regarding rules for the upcoming impeachment trial. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) finalized the deal Monday, on the eve of the trial’s expected start date.

According to the agreement, there will be a debate on the constitutionality of the trial on Tuesday, followed by a vote on the matter. Starting Wednesday, each side is expected to receive up to sixteen hours over the course of two days each for presentations.

Schumer asserted the deal will ensure a fair trial for President Trump.

“The structure we have agreed to is eminently fair. It will allow for the trial to achieve its purpose, truth and accountability,” Schumer stated. “That’s what trials are designed to do, to arrive at the truth of the matter and render a verdict.”

The rules also gave House impeachment managers the option to call for a vote on having witnesses in the trial.

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Indigenous leaders calls for quotas for players at the Magpies


A leading Indigenous activist from a famed football family has called for Collingwood to introduce quotas for Indigenous players to improve their issues with racism.

Gary Murray, the grandson of celebrated Indigenous leader and ex-footballer Sir Douglas Nicholls and father of ex-Bomber Nathan Lovett-Murray, said Collingwood could introduce quotas – setting a target for a number of Indigenous or multicultural players on the club’s playing list over a period of years.

“Quotas are in politics and private industry, why not football,” said Murray, who is a director of
First People’s Sports Foundation Aboriginal foundation and a prominent activist in Victoria.

“Players have to be picked on merit but setting a quotas of (Indigenous and multicultural) players they introduce each year would … if you recruit from those particular groups, that adds value to the club in terms of its soul.”

Collingwood enter 2021 without an Indigenous footballer on the club’s AFL playing list and with one on the club’s AFLW list, with their last Indigenous (male) player, Travis Varcoe, having retired at the end of 2020 and the club unable to draft one in 2020 despite bidding on two Indigenous players from rival clubs’ academies.

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