Why it’s time to lay off Patrick Dangerfield

Dangerfield is having to react and respond publicly, often with limited information. Many players probably take the AFLPA for granted, but it wasn’t so long ago that it didn’t have anywhere near the influence it does now. For much of the 1990s, it didn’t have all the players and clubs onboard. It took a bloke by the name of Andrew Demetriou to change that when he was appointed chief executive of the AFLPA in 1998. It was then that the foundations of the current structure were put in place. As…

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Rigorous health scrutiny needed before NRL restart

Like a front-row forward barging up field, Australian Rugby League Commission chairman Peter V’Landys last week upped the ante by announcing he planned to restart on May 28. The Herald would love to see the season restart but it is a pity that Mr V’Landys has not adopted a more consultative approach on this complex issue. It makes it look as though the NRL is putting the game’s financial health ahead of its responsibility to the community. While fans love NRL and it would be a great morale boost for…

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Scott Morrison says COVID-19 end in sight, vows to kick-start economy

After a phone hook-up with state premiers and chief ministers, Mr Morrison warned Australian life would not be returning to normal overnight. “It’s going to be step by step, there is going to be trial and error, it is completely uncharted territory … no country in the world has worked this out yet,” he said. Prime Minister Scott Morrison says “pro-growth” policies will be needed to kick-start the economy after the coronavirus pandemic.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen The government is now looking at how to get the post-virus economy growing, with Mr Morrison…

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League wants Warriors in Australia on May 3 as quarantine bubble bursts

The Rugby League Players Association was locked in meetings with Warriors officials on Thursday discussing provisions for players to have their families also travel to Australia, which could be home for several months. In the email V’landys described the NRL’s much-debated end-of-May return as “quite achievable”, provided Australia’s COVID-19 infection rate continues to fall. The NRL won’t risk placing interstate teams and the Warriors in the same quarantine hub for the competition resumption as they scour separate hotels and resorts across NSW for accommodation and training facilities. While it is…

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GetUp funds pro-Morrison ads in bid to keep welfare, childcare raises

In an email sent to supporters on Thursday, Mr Oosting said the pro-Morrison government ad campaign would in part prove the organisation’s independence. Loading “We’ll commission ads, polling and a comprehensive report by leading economists to show Morrison just how popular these reforms are,” he wrote. The national director of Advance Australia, GetUp’s conservative activist competitor, said lengthening the measures would have a “devastating economic impact”. “Our nation now boasts a World War II-sized deficit,” national director Liz Storer said. “How is this anything to rejoice about, as the welfare-loving…

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UQ takes disciplinary action against student activist critical of Beijing

Another incident involved him putting a sign on the university’s Chinese government-funded Confucius Institute in March, declaring it was a COVID-19 “biohazard” and posting a photo of the act on Facebook. Others involved his commentary about vice-chancellor Peter Hoj and the university and crass comments towards other students. Loading Mr Pavlou said many of the allegations were “frivolous” and “petty”, focusing on satirical comments he had made in online forums. “They have trawled through to find anything they can throw at me,” he said. “How many other students have posted…

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Morrison says restrictions to remain in place for at least next four weeks

“To make sure we can achieve growth that will be necessary for our economy to get people back into work, economy back on track, it will be a different world on the other side of the virus and there will be many challenges,” he said. Loading Mr Morrison noted the modest rise in the March unemployment rate to 5.2 per cent was largely based on a period before tough restrictions were put in place across the economy, saying while it was welcome “we know that is the best figure we…

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AFL confident 2020 return-to-play date will be announced by end of April

He said while states might vary in the level of lockdown and distancing restrictions, there was a level of co-ordination and co-operation between states that was necessary. He said there was also a tandem piece of work being done on changes for the 2021 and 2022 seasons. He cast doubt on the suggestion of extending the next two seasons to try to recoup money lost from this season, saying there were contracts in place with stadia, broadcasters, players and other key stakeholders that made that suggestion difficult. McLachlan also said…

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St Kilda Saints to consider re-drafting Paddy McCartin

“Because of the isolation, we haven’t seen Paddy for a while,” he told Nine’s Footy Classified. “[McCartin’s] been hitting the marks that he has to get on his testing so everything he’s doing is really good and positive. “We have to dig a bit further to see if he’s ready to play AFL. “If he is, then we’ll consider him but there needs to be more testing and our doctors need to have a look at him to make sure he’s 100 per cent right.” An optimistic McCartin told SEN…

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David Zaharakis defends Essendon Bombers’ culture after Matthew Lloyd criticism

The 208-game midfielder said Worsfold’s arrival, coupled with the recent influx of high-quality football staff from rival clubs, had improved Essendon’s culture to a position better than it has been at any other stage since Lloyd retired at the end of 2009. “[Worsfold] came in as a culture-driven person and completely changed the club and changed the personnel within the club,” Zaharakis said on Thursday. Essendon veteran David Zaharakis has defended his club’s culture.Credit:AAP “We’ve gotten rid of some people that were in the club and brought some other people…

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