The Art of the Australian Insult


Not the most deserving cause
February 4, 2009, 12:42 am
Filed under: Sport | Tags: ,

Not everyone thinks that elite sport is deserving of vast mountains of government money:

“Despite what John Coates says, there is no evidence that more public money for elite sport provides “enormous cultural, role model and health spin-offs” (“Medal push: sport chiefs want extra $100m a year”, February 2), unless you count orgies of kitsch at Olympic Games opening ceremonies; “role models” who assault people, chase kiddies who spring them smoking and take drugs; and a generation of obese couch potatoes who don’t play sport because they are not “winners”. What professional sport does provide is nice jobs for people like Coates, and huge amounts of money for a small number of athletes.

It is a business, and governments have no business subsidising it. There are any number of other things more deserving of funding, such as health, education, the arts and rescuing the Murray-Darling Basin.”

Kim Sanders Dulwich Hill, letter to the Sydney Morning Herald.

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