Steggall and Pocock prove that sports and politics go hand in hand…and more to come

I thought you’d never ask! In no particular order, except for how scared I am of how they will treat me if I don’t mention them at the top of my ticket, here’s my list.

1. Liz Ellis

The former Australian netball captain and well-known media commentator is a must. Her profile is accurately that of the successful “blue-green” candidates – a mature professional, female – although she is already better known than all of them.

Apart from that, as someone who has worked with her on sports panel shows for many years, I can attest that she is as smart as a whip, with a unique ability to analyze seriously difficult problems and come out at the other end with the right answer. , more often than not – and I mean this – rings around your humble correspondent in the process.

She’s on sabbatical right now, sending me pictures of her and her family from waterholes west of Woop-Woop, but she’ll be back at the end of the year!

2. Craig Foster

The former Socceroo has been a brilliant advocate for many charities – none more than asylum seekers and refugees – for years, proving both his mettle and what a shrewd operator he is. Senator Craig Foster would be a credit to the federal parliament. And maybe he’s interested!

“It is important that sport engages with broader social and political issues and is no longer reluctant to speak about climate, human rights and social justice,” he told me yesterday. “Zali has been exceptional and hopefully, along with David, will inspire not only more former athletes but the sport itself to join progressive voices for change.”

3. Kurt Fearnley

Our favorite Paralympic has a remarkable life story, is widely loved and has been a strong supporter of many political causes, including disability issues – particularly the defense of the National Disability Insurance Scheme – Uluru and asylum seekers.

He also tells me, ‘I would die in a ditch defending public education. There’s a lot more I’d fight for in the public domain, but I don’t want you to write too much! Treaty, truth and may we see a strong independent Republic of Australia.”

Australian basketball player Patty Mills received an Australia Day honor.Credit:Getty Images

4. Patty Mills

Everything you read and hear about our native NBA star characterizes him as a special person with a great social conscience. As recently reported in the guard“Away from the basketball court, Mills is a fierce advocate of social justice and has a long history of philanthropic activity.”

Last year, he donated his entire salary from the San Antonio Spurs from the start of the NBA season resumption — worth about $1.5 million — to the Black Lives Matter Australia movement and Black deaths in custody

He also indicated we got youan Australian anti-racism campaign he and [Joe] English are part of it. Earlier that year, during the NBA All-Star break, he returned to Australia at the time of the East Coast bushfires and helped devastated communities across the nation of NSW.” What’s not to love?

5. Dylan Alcott

The incumbent Australian of the Year has a tough outing – who could follow Grace Tame, and the impact she made? — but was strong enough to recently reprimand outgoing Prime Minister Scott Morrison for saying parents of children with disabilities were not blessed. He is accomplished, and articulate, and whatever his wider politics may be, would have every chance of success.

Other names have been thrown at me.

Ash Bart? Yes, great. She’s a great Australian, but I wonder if anyone who retired from the professional tennis circuit at 25 would ever voluntarily plunge into the hustle and bustle of Canberra Politics?

Pat Cummins. nope. He is suitable for the Diplomatic Corps. The way he navigated Justin Langer’s recent departure was nothing short of remarkable.

Adam Goodes? nope. Too noble! Politicians have cut back and pushed on it so much. Not sure if the big one could ever do the kind of midnight deals needed? Don’t you think he’s more inclined to shun petty politics? First President of the Republic then? That should be decided by the people. As chairman of the ARM, I can report that his name is one that comes up often, but we’ll see and . † †

Adam Goodes' ethics may be too robust for politics.

Adam Goodes’ ethics may be too robust for politics.Credit:AFR

And yes, I know. I haven’t named a single athlete on the conservative side of the equation yet.

shhh. I am thinking. They don’t jump out and grab me. Tennis star John Alexander has done a great job for the Libs as a member of Bennelong, but who else do you have? Sam Groth is actually the pre-selected Lib candidate for the Victorian seat of Nepean, but those are pretty small potatoes, all things considered.

Who else do you have? Send some angry emails!


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