Sport remains the most evocative public demonstration of difference between the sexes, so its importance to feminist politics cannot be neglected.
Federal politicians and the public like the idea of abolishing the states. But consider the likely result: a more powerful Canberra, with regional governments amounting to glorified shire councils.
When athletes take a stand on sociopolitical issues, they have a public profile by which to showcase their views. But they face criticism that it is not their 'place' to comment on sensitive matters.
Australia’s national politicians again need to step up and lead the way on the inevitable process of national and global democratic innovation.
Since 1949, most of Australia's governments received less than half of all primary votes cast, with some as low as 40%.