Posts Tagged Andrew Demetriou

The Decline of Patrick Smith


Patrick Smith was once a respected journalist. A beacon of clear thought. He won awards, directed discussions and most importantly, from my perspective, promoted critical thinking. Alas, this is no longer true. I wrote last year of his mental decline as he let his emotions cloud his better judgement. (Patrick Smith: Incompetent or Liar) I […]

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It Is Not About James Hird


Define ‘predictable’: The media’s response to the latest revelations in the AFL’s corruption case. More explosive allegations were aired on Thursday night’s 7.30 on the ABC: Stephen Amendola, lawyer for James Hird, exposed the ‘complete failure of process’ within the AFL’s so called ‘investigation’ into Essendon. They had no case, only threats. Former Victorian premier […]

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Judge Jury & Executioner


It is commonplace for many in the media to uncritically accept the AFL’s assumed role of ‘judge, jury and executioner’ in regards to the Essendon supplement program from 2012. Most have even implemented the exact phrasing. It is frightening see it publicly acknowledged, yet not condemned. ‘You can’t fight city hall.’ ‘It’s just the way […]

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Demetriou’s Legacy


There have been two schools of thought surrounding the departure of Andrew Demetriou from the AFL’s CEO position. The first has come predominantly from the fans who believe, with good reason, that it was probably a few seasons too late. These people have mainly focused on his administration’s failings, of which there were many. The […]

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A Standing Question


The primary tactic in the AFL’s supplements saga remains to shift the focus onto the Essendon Football Club and James Hird. It is employed by the AFL, by the media, and by the general public. To these people I have but one simple question: ¬†What exactly did they do? The most disturbing allegation levelled at […]

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The Least Severe Sanctions in AFL History


In late August, the Essendon Football Club were thought to have been dealt the most severe sanctions in AFL history: 12 month suspension to James Hird 6 months suspension to Danny Corcoran $30,000 fine to Mark Thompson Elimination from the 2013 finals series No draft picks for 2 years $2 million fine to the Essendon […]

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The AFL’s Corruption Case


Essendon’s 2012 supplements program has once again reared it’s ugly head. However, this time it is more definitive. Mystery still surrounds the details, but if nothing else, the public now has a clear indication of to whom they should be listening. The late, great Christopher Hitchens once spoke of the concept of “radical evil”: “The […]

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