I grew up watching the netball on TV and I remember talking about it with friends at school. It's an exciting and fast moving game - brilliant television. And we all played it too! Sorry, but the fact this is being played on 7Mate says it all. We're still waiting for the women's sport on TV for little girls to grow up watching and be inspired by. I find it very sad. - Gabrielle Jackson
Thank goodness for Foxtel, who broadcast every match of the ANZ Netball Championships live this year, after it got limited coverage on other channels. It has been great to watch exciting high quality netball, especially as netball is one of the highest participation sports in the country. It's a pity the season only goes for about 3 months. - Kez
I think its perfectly fine to hate on the attire for this Lingerie League because the attire is the only thing that makes it 'watchable' in the eyes of TV executives and those who promote the league. Let's face it, most Australian men aren't going to be watching it for the skill of the athletes (especially as most would have about as much of a clue about gridiron as Americans do about cricket). Instead it will be the hopes of a uniform slippage that keeps them glued to their seats. - Carz
Johnsie, it's only to be expected that when a conservative government starts moving towards fascism then the left will become anxious and start to rally. Tony Abbott's government is going to see the left become more radical as a result of his style of belligerent politics.
Remembering that the left represent nearly half the electorate, the partisan interest of conservatives should be outweighed by the historic demands of the Australian people for a liberal democracy and not a fascist state. - Rhoda
God on you Helen. I read an article the other day by Ben Pobjie that White Ribbon Day is populated by blokes who would never dream of using domestic violence as a weapon against women - but the campaign itself was not reaching those who do.
Most online campaigns are the same. People sign them as they give the appearance of something good happening. But- they don't change government policy, they don't change people's minds, and unless they are followed up by very specific actions eg the Climate Council, they tend to fade.
To change the world means doing something practical - not just signing a petition - julie
Why do I get the feeling that this latest "creation" from the good ol US of A has more to do with voyerism for sad young and old gits Than sport. The reason why this probably wont be to popular in Australia, is that ladies sport is missing in action, you are correct. I enjoy watching womens soccer on TV, there is non of that over the top bullshit when men get "injured" playing soccer, perhaps thats the problem. Women are to "matter of fact" to do the drama, they just get on with it. - oldfart
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Is it Lorrraine or Lorraine? Or perhaps Loraine? Ruddy? Nothing offensive about that. I'm sure his school chums called him that as a term of endearment. Rudd. Gillard. Both of those leaders in the throes of a dysfunctional government would be preferable to the sorry excuse for this current government. Like Sheila says, it's all over now. You say tomayto, I say tomarto. Let's call the whole thing off? - Sandy
My parents were middle income earners. Dad a small business owner, privately (catholic) educated. Mum, from a rural family raised on a war widows pension. Both my parents were pretty well educated (1940's), even mum who went to public school.
My cousins all attended private schools, a couple went to boarding school. I went to a public school full of immigrants and kids who spoke English as a second language and aboriginal kids. Our school was designated as a disadvantaged school. It received extra funding from the SA Dunstan government.
Interestingly, I am the only one in my family with a degree and post graduate education. Most of the people I went to school with have also gone on to do well with their lives, including most of the Aboriginal kids.
Private schooling doesn't always guarantee future success. My Aunts and uncles spent a fortune on my cousins' educations. The girls got married, pumped out a few kids and work as check out chicks and cleaners. The boys are farm labourers and married with kids.
If a child is determined to achieve a dream or goal they can do it. Kids from a disadvantaged background may take a bit longer to get there, but they can.
I have tried justify the private school system receiving public funding. I just cannot. Parents should never have to work two or more jobs to send their children to a private school because the local public school down the road is not up to a decent standard.
Our public schools should be of a high enough standard that parents can feel confident their children will get a great education and not have to work themselves to death to put them through the private system. - Lucy