By the October 2024 state election, Labor will have governed for almost ten years, so there could be an ‘it’s time’ factor for voters.
It’s the question still hanging over Brisbane’s 2032 Olympics, which made Victoria cancel its Commonwealth Games: do such mega events pay their own way? The evidence suggests they’re unlikely to.
For the first time since becoming premier in 2014, more voters disapprove of Dan Andrews than approve of him in the Morgan poll.
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There will likely be a settlement between Victoria and the games organisers for breaching the contract. But the Commonwealth Games may be the ones to suffer long-term reputational damage.
A shrinking pool of host cities, high costs, and cultural questions about the monarchy: why the Commonwealth Games are under threat.
Studies show South Africa did a lot right when it hosted the football World Cup. Qatar can do the same if it learns from South Africa.
The decline in Kenyan medals at the world championships is due to increased competition and a lack of investment at home.
Hosting the Games has seem Birmingham dotted with new infrastructure and amenities. But the city’s pioneering transformation began over a 100 years ago.
The lack of Commonwealth relevance doesn’t entirely explain the lack of exuberance of the medal tally.
Why do big events that showcase elite sport fail to motivate people to get active?
The main winner of Commonwealth Games 2018 is … the City of Gold Coast.
Since the second world war nearly every Olympic Games has seen athletes seeking asylum in the Games host country.
Behind the built-up glitz of Surfers Paradise lies a deep history that has been written and overwritten in successive layers that have become thinner and thinner as time goes on.
Commonwealth Games netball is an intensely physical and competitive affair. It’s a far cry from netball’s roots – the game was designed to shape women into model middle-class citizens.
The Commonwealth Games do not get the same level of media coverage as the Olympics. But a one-time Commonwealth gold medallist says the Games are still an important athletic competition.
Preparations for next month’s Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast are pushing homeless people out of town, and out of the state. Sadly, that’s not unusual for events of this sort.
We are so accustomed to hearing about American exceptionalism that British exceptionalism is rarely discussed.
Sporting extravaganzas are a way for globalising cities in emerging market economies to try and play the “modernity game”. But they don’t make the rules, and so they can never “win”.
Investing in staging sport is ultimately a matter of turning the entire host environment into a stage.