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‘Big surprise’: Hakeem al-Araibi feels the love as he returns to football club

Bahraini refugee in the spotlight during Pascoe Vale’s first home game of the season despite not getting any playing timeIt hardly mattered that Hakeem al-Araibi didn’t make it on to the pitch for his homecoming match.The Bahraini refugee, whose recent…

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He’s free, but who’s to blame for Hakeem al-Araibi’s ordeal?

Campaigners examine whether the failings of Interpol, Australian police, the world’s footballing bodies and Thai authorities allowed the refugee athlete to fall into Bahrain’s webAs Hakeem al-Araibi settles back into his life in Melbourne after 76 days…

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Australia urges Thailand to use its powers to free Hakeem al-Araibi

Request comes as Thai prosecutor confirms country’s attorney general has authority to override court processThe Australian government has renewed demands for the release of Hakeem al-Araibi after the Thai prosecutor publicly confirmed the government ha…

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Hakeem al-Araibi’s wife begs Canada and NZ for help and says ‘time is running out’

Exclusive: Wife of Bahraini refugee asks leaders to pressure Thai authorities to release her husband“Time is running out” for Hakeem al-Araibi, his wife has written in letters to the leaders of Canada and New Zealand, pleading with them for help to see…

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‘Please help me’: refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi tells of his Thai jail ordeal

Exclusive: In an interview with the Guardian he pleads for his release and says he fears torture and jail if extradited to BahrainHakeem al-Araibi, the refugee footballer from Bahrain who was detained in Thailand while on his honeymoon, has said he is …

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‘Anti-Australian conspiracy’: MP protests at NBA snub to Ben Simmons

Exclusion from All-Star team raised in parliament Melbourne-born Philadelphia star could yet be selectedThe case for Ben Simmons to be included in the NBA All-Star team has gone all the way to the Australian federal parliament.MP Tim Watts made an impa…

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Australia to make bid to host women’s World Cup in 2023

  • Matildas would win automatic qualification if successful
  • Federal government pledges to fund bid

Australia will again bid to host a major international football tournament with the federal government pledging its support to secure the women’s World Cup in 2023.

The campaign was launched in Canberra on Tuesday with the backing of Malcolm Turnbull, who said it would be “fantastic” to see the Matildas contest a World Cup on home soil.

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A public lottery in Australia could be a good thing – and deliver more than Olympic gold | Martin Farrer

In a country with a gambling problem, any lottery will be controversial. But the UK’s example shows how much public good can come from such a scheme

It’s August 2020 and the Tokyo Olympics have just finished. Once again, the USA and Team GB top the medal table. But the real story is the collapse of the once-great Australian team who only have one shooting gold to show for their efforts. Humiliated, they board the plane back home where a festival of national self-flagellation awaits.

A bit over the top? Maybe, but this was the reality for Great Britain’s team back in 1996 when they took home only one gold (in rowing), prompting a decision to use the proceeds of the newly begun national lottery to fund elite sport.

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A public lottery in Australia could be a good thing – and deliver more than Olympic gold | Martin Farrer

In a country with a gambling problem, any lottery will be controversial. But the UK’s example shows how much public good can come from such a scheme

It’s August 2020 and the Tokyo Olympics have just finished. Once again, the USA and Team GB top the medal table. But the real story is the collapse of the once-great Australian team who only have one shooting gold to show for their efforts. Humiliated, they board the plane back home where a festival of national self-flagellation awaits.

A bit over the top? Maybe, but this was the reality for Great Britain’s team back in 1996 when they took home only one gold (in rowing), prompting a decision to use the proceeds of the newly begun national lottery to fund elite sport.

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Chris Gayle row: If Mel McLaughlin had bright red cheeks it was not because she was blushing | Tracey Holmes

Whether it’s Chris Gayle or Jamie Briggs, it’s clear some men still believe women have a place and don’t see women as equals

Welcome to 2016 … or if you’re a woman, is this 1916?

Just consider these past weeks. A federal government minister has resigned after a night on the drink in Hong Kong where he made a female consular official uncomfortable with his remarks and behaviour. The woman’s privacy has been violated after the ex-minister Jamie Briggs circulated photos of her that ended up in the media.

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Australia’s football codes unite to declare support for same-sex marriage

The AFL, NRL and Football Federation Australia will publicly back same-sex marriage in a national media campaign

Australia’s major football codes will openly declare their support for same-sex marriage by featuring in a national media advertisement under the hashtag #TeamEqual.

The AFL, NRL and Football Federation Australia will attach their logos to a full page ad featuring former league player and coach Paul Langmack, who represented rugby league as part of the Anti-Homophobia in Sport float at Sydney’s Mardi Gras in March.

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Annastacia Palaszczuk sends Mike Baird Maroons shirt after Queensland Origin victory – video

The Queensland premier announces she is sending her New South Wales counterpart, Mike Baird, a Queensland State of Origin jersey after the Maroons mauled their southern rivals. ‘He should wear it forever,’ a grinning Palaszczuk tells reporters, followi…

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The ‘Hopoate’ tackle: what exactly is Glenn Lazarus threatening to do to Tony Abbott?

The senator says he’s prepared to use squirrel grips, crushers and ‘John Hopoate’ tackles on the PM in protest over CSG. Unclear how serious this is? Read on

The Queensland senator and former rugby league great Glenn Lazarus has threatened to give Tony Abbott a “John Hopoate tackle” unless the prime minister heeds community concerns about coal seam gas.

The former Palmer United party member, affectionately known as the brick with eyes, leant on his knowledge of league’s dark arts at a CSG protest in Queensland to list a host of other shocking techniques he was also prepared to use on Abbott to get his attention.

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Central Coast Mariners rile fans by presenting shirt to Tony Abbott

Fans post furious comments on club’s Facebook page under photo of the prime minister receiving No 1 shirt from local MP Lucy Wicks

A Central Coast Mariner publicity stunt has backfired, with Facebook fans of the club reacting angrily to the presentation of a No 1 Mariners jersey to the prime minister, Tony Abbott.

The photo of central coast MP Lucy Wicks presenting Abbott with a personalised jersey attracted more than 400 comments within hours of being posted, most of which were strongly negative.

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Nick Xenophon: senators back inquiry into Australia’s Fifa World Cup bid

Senator says Labor, Greens and crossbench want ‘almost inevitable’ inquiry into 2022 bid, but sports minister says it’s a matter for Football Federation Australia

A Senate inquiry into Australia’s failed bid to host the Fifa 2022 football World Cup is “almost inevitable”, the independent senator Nick Xenophon has said.

Xenophon said the proposal had the backing of Labor, the Greens and other crossbenchers.

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Nick Xenophon: senators back inquiry into Australia’s Fifa World Cup bid

Senator says Labor, Greens and crossbench want ‘almost inevitable’ inquiry into 2022 bid, but sports minister says it’s a matter for Football Federation Australia

A Senate inquiry into Australia’s failed bid to host the Fifa 2022 football World Cup is “almost inevitable”, the independent senator Nick Xenophon has said.

Xenophon said the proposal had the backing of Labor, the Greens and other crossbenchers.

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Fifa crisis: police investigate Australia’s $500,000 donation during failed World Cup bid

AFP make inquiries to Department of Health and Sport over whether payment allegedly pocketed by Jack Warner breached corruption laws

Australia’s federal police have made inquiries to the Department of Health and Sport regarding payments linked to the country’s 2022 Fifa World Cup bid, as they determine whether Australian laws against international corruption have been breached.

The department provides funding to Football Federation Australia (FFA), which made a $500,000 donation to the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf), for a stadium redevelopment during the bidding process for the tournament.

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Australian police asked to investigate $500,000 payment to Fifa’s Jack Warner

Whistleblower asks police to investigate payment from Football Federation Australia made as part of Australia’s unsuccessful bid to host 2022 World Cup

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ABC boss defends presenters but says redundancies are ‘not a happy time’

‘There is an art to interviewing,’ Mark Scott tells Senate estimates when asked whether Emma Alberici and Leigh Sales were too hard on politicians

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Richie Benaud’s family declines Tony Abbott’s offer of a state funeral

Family of cricketing great, who died last week, turns down Australian prime minister’s offer, saying he wanted a private service

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