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  1. I do not believe price is a defining factor in attendances - in most cases I think it's an excuse for why people don't go, just like kick-off times, the stadium, traffic etc. If you don't want to go, you'll always find a reason not to. In most cases I suspect it's not that people can't afford it - it's that they choose to spend their money elsewhere. And that's their prerogative. I firmly believe that if most teams were to offer free entry for a match, they would still not sell it out
  2. But also I’m not indigenous Australia so it’s not my place to speak for them ... I’m sure they have their reasons
  3. I guess partly because they feel more empowered now. You could say the same about racism throughout history. Why didn’t someone else come along before Martin Luther King and do what he did? Who didn’t somebody else do what Rosa Parks did before she did it? It’s not easy to make a stand when you have no power and nobody will listen to you. i guess now just feels like the right time for them
  4. Having lived the first 30-odd years of my live in England, and the last 13 in Australia, my observation is that racism towards indigenous people in Australia is a very different beast from the kind of racism that exists in England towards blacks/Indians etc. In England it’s much simpler - it seems to be based mainly based on skin color/ religion/‘bloody foreigners coming here taking our jobs’ kind of attitudes. With indigenous Australia, it seems to be less about skin color and more to do with their culture - how a lot of indigenous choose to live their lives, the remote communities, alcohol problems, domestic violence issues, being given government handouts etc. It’s almost as though these negative attitudes towards aboriginals is ingrained within many white Australians. However, a lot of the problems they have are a direct result of the white ‘invasion’ all those years ago. Plus racism towards people who were actually here first rather than people who have emigrated here is something I find quite bizarre. The whole of Australia should be really proud of their history and indigenous culture yet many seem almost embarrassed by it. It’s such a complex issue and something that to me seems a world away from a lot of the racism that exists elsewhere
  5. I believe the women’s State of Origin in north Sydney on Friday drew more than 10,000 as a stand-alone event. There’s a huge push on women’s sport in Aus at the moment (as ‘proper’ sport, not some kind of novelty), and it seems to be on a similar track in the UK (I notice how many people in UK have been getting behind the England women in the football World Cup), so this is definitely an avenue RL needs to aggressively pursue
  6. Did anyone see that video on Twitter of a Saints fan in their car singing a Regan Grace song to the tune of Mambo No 5? I don't know how to copy twitter stuff on here, but it was brilliant!
  7. Definitely a sensible option. Would look awful for the game to change the rules mid season for this year, but your suggestion would be good. I don’t think a year in the championship would do Leeds much harm... it seems to be a great division with some cracking games (and their fans might actually welcome some different games instead of playing Wigan and Warrington six times ) and they’d be pretty much nailed on to come straight back up
  8. Definitely a sensible option. Would look awful for the game to change the rules mid season for this year, but your suggestion would be good. I don’t think a year in the championship would do Leeds much harm... it seems to be a great division with some cracking games (and their fans might actually welcome some different games instead of playing Wigan and Warrington six times ) and they’d be pretty much nailed on to come straight back up
  9. Oh! I haven’t seen that before. Yeah that’s kind of bad too
  10. None of any of their signings seem to work out
  11. On the subject of casual racism in Australia.... I took this picture yesterday in a shopping centre in Broadbeach in the heart of the Gold Coast.... Australia’s ‘tourism capital’. Not tucked away in the back of the shop I should add.... proudly displayed at the front so it’s the first thing you see as you walk past
  12. I think you have to look at the individual cases on their merits. Very low-level drink-driving (perhaps when you’re stopped going to the work the morning after a big night and you’re very slightly over) is an easy mistake to make and doesn’t make you the devil. Similarly, different countries have different drink-drive limits, so where in one country you could say ‘but he could have killed someone, burn him!’, in another country he could be within the legal limit and would have done nothing wrong. So I think a blanket ‘all drink driving deserves xxx punishment’ is maybe a little harsh. However in this case it was 4am and he was double the limit... there’s no excuse for that, and even putting aside the criminal aspect, players should not be out drinking til 4am in the middle of the season. Perhaps the playing group should stand up and take action themselves now, and maybe impose an alcohol ban on themselves, or at least a curfew
  13. Yeah, whatever way you look at it, it's a very dangerous game they are playing trying to get around these visa rules. It's bound to come back to haunt them on some occasions
  14. That was a really interesting read. Thanks for sharing!
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