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More than a Game: The Culture of Footy


We’re very quick to celebrate our sporting culture as a reflection of the very qualities we think of as
Australian. But isn’t football sexist? Isn’t it racist? Isn’t it homophobic? This is a footy town, but how well does the game foster attitudes of tolerance, of diversity and inclusiveness?

In partnership with the AFL Players’ Association and the Basil Sellers Art Prize, we take an honest look at the culture of football.


Pippa Grange

Pippa Grange is the AFL Players Association’s former General Manager of Culture and Leadership.

Caroline Wilson

Caroline Wilson has been chief football writer for the Age since 1999. Caroline was the first woman to cover Australian Rules football on a full-time basis and the first woman to win the AFL’s gold media award. She has won the AFL Players Association’s football writer of the year (1999) and the ... Read more

Finn Bradshaw

Finn Bradshaw is Online Sport Editor at the Herald Sun.

Daniel Jackson

Daniel Jackson is a current AFL player for the Richmond Football Club.

Chris McAuliffe

Dr Chris McAuliffe is Director of the Ian Potter Museum of Art at The University of Melbourne. Prior to that he was for ten years a lecturer in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Melbourne. Dr McAuliffe has researched and written extensively in the area of contemporary art, and is the ... Read more


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