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Eight teams will take to the field for the second AFLW season – but transgender woman Hannah Mouncey will not be among them. AAP/Dan Peled

By excluding Hannah Mouncey, the AFL’s inclusion policy has failed a key test

The decision to exclude transgender woman Hannah Mouncey from the AFLW may breach anti-discrimination law, and contradicts the AFL’s public position of embracing diversity and inclusivity.
The standard of proof that applies in different types of judicial proceedings may result in quite different verdicts. Shutterstock/Andrey Popov

Judge suspects but must acquit man on child pornography charges

After saying he was 'deeply suspicious', a judge cleared a man of child pornography offences. We need to understand the standard of proof to make sense of verdicts, including AFL rulings on doping.
More than two decades after the World Medical Association called for a ban on boxing, knocking a person senseless is still condoned, even celebrated. EPA/Christian Charisius

Why boxing and cage fighting should be banned – but won’t be

The death of a 23-year-old boxer and the lifting of cage-fighting bans in every state but Western Australia raise the question of why we allow violence that would be criminal outside a ring or cage.
The law won’t save you. EPA/Paul Buck

The law remains silent when it comes to sporting violence

The multi-million dollar settlement of damages from one of the National Hockey League’s most famous punches is a reminder that violent incidences rarely come to the attention of the courts, though they…
Falling prices? £85m Gareth Bale could move clubs for nothing. Adam Davy/PA

Footballers bid to shake up outdated transfer system

Footballers, it turns out, want the same rights as everyone else. If you or I want to move jobs, our new employer doesn’t have to pay anything. Should football players be any different? To gain this freedom…
It looks likely to be lawyers at ten paces as Essendon and the AFL head to court over the supplements scandal. AAP/Julian Smith

Essendon vs the AFL: what are the legal issues?

The only real winners in the whole Essendon drug supplement saga are set to be the lawyers. With all parties “lawyering up” and multiple court actions either under way or threatened, legal eagles will…

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