Since his ascendancy, the currently trim and muscular-looking Malcolm Turnbull has – for an Australian prime minister – had unusually little to say about sport.
In their hearts, everyone associated with the AFL knows the decline in the community is real.
Public discourse and commentary are generally blind to the massive contribution that local sport contributes to social connectedness.
Until we see a marked change in the stories that are told, together with a shift from inclusion to social justice, the national story of Australian sport will remain very, very white.
Sports weekends are where family connections are sustained, and culture is infused into Australian football games played on country.
The 2016 Olympic Games is an invitation to a city known for partying more than anything else.