“[Racism] can have long term negative effects on mental health and general wellbeing” – Tanya Hosch, AFL’s General Manager of Inclusion and Social Policy
While for many people sport is an avenue to show their talent, for others it can bring out the worst in them. Racism has reared its ugly head multiple times over the past few years, particularly in the AFL, where some of the sport’s most talented players have been racially vilified. With The Final Quarter documentary revealing the extent of abuse directed towards former Sydney player Adam Goodes, it’s sparked a major discussion about racial discrimination in Australia. So is there a racism issue in Australian sport? What’s being done to try and stamp it out? We had a chat with Tanya Hosch, the AFL’s General Manager of Inclusion and Social Policy to see what they’re doing to tackle racism in the league. Scott Irrgang, the SANFL’s integrity officer also spoke about their response to the issue at a state level, while Anthony, who is part of The Crowject podcast, called in to offer his thoughts.
Also this week, with rumblings about the future of Thebarton Theatre continuing to circulate, it’s worth exploring the story behind the historic venue, and what makes it such a revered spot for artists in SA and around the country. Steven Massacci from local band ‘Larsen’, and Brett Pike who manages the group, spoke with Wavelength about the iconic venue. Meanwhile, Afterpay might be your best friend if you’re a serial shopper, but even though it’s pretty handy, is it actually doing more harm than good? We hit the streets of Adelaide to see what you think.
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Airdate: August 26, 2019
Reporters: Luca Rego, Andrew Showell, Anthony Cox & Bridget Herrmann