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Larry Pickering

Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.

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I HAVE BECOME UN-AUSTRALIAN...and it’s not a nice feeling


Watching an Australian play tennis in a Grand Slam event was always must tele for me and the household would be woken with my shouts over a bad line call. Now my family gets a good night’s sleep because I couldn’t give a stuff about line calls... in fact I couldn’t even give a stuff who wins!

Worse than that I find myself barracking for the Australian’s opponent... wow I have never done that. Nick Kyrgios is not, and is never likely to be, in the top echelon of players. 

Like a couple of his compatriots he is capable of making the top but has no respect for the game. And an unhealthy interest in his own appearance that leaves him concentrating on the big screen instead of his tennis.

And Sam Stosur is frustrating beyond belief. She needs to curtail her interest in the same sex and concentrate on the game. 

But there is a pool of top Australian sportspeople who couldn’t care less about Australia and they include footballers and a certain boxer of Aboriginal descent.

What has happened to the Famechons and Roses, the Cuthberts and Stricklands, the Sedgemans and Rosewalls?

They all took to the world’s stage as Australians determined to do their country proud, not shame it.

My sporting interests have waned now that there is no interest in who wins, (except for teams that play Collingwood) but unfortunately someone must win...

 and Australian politics isn’t any better.



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It's not only in sport Larry. Everywhere you look is the same. Only a few pockets here and there of the old Australia.( Do they still call it that any more?). We are lucky to have the memories. Don't even turn the TV on here any more.. not many real Aussies left on there either

Tomic and Kyrios both OUT . There is a GOD. >>> Poor old Stosir never developed a backhand ( unless it is under the sheets) . Shes a good LAY ................... On Betfair after round 2.

Another tantrum from loser Kyrios - he needs to be wiped out the Aus team for ever. Excuses , excuses what a bad sportsman ashamed he classes himself as Australian

This is the way forward for the main political parties - Multiculturalism. One does not have to assimilate into the Australian community. Way back in Howard's reign, I was informed this after a response from one of his staffers, Mr Wing Wong, stating that assimilation was bad as it denied them of their heritage. Go figure, that was Howard's government, nothing has changed since.

Give ALA a say.

I live os and receive $300 per week aged pension. Cut that and I'll come back to Australia where I'll be paid $400 per week Plus rent assistance; Plus Medicare, and the older I get the more that will be,; Plus PBS, ditto, Plus electricity rebate, Plus free public transport ....

Unfortunately I have felt the same way for a long time now. I loved test cricket, but now who cares and as for AFL since it has become the game of the politically correct I never take any interest any more. I think we are now living on a different planet to these iphone addicted morons of today.

When newsreaders or sporting commentators mention the names Tomic or Kirgios my mind switches off as I am not at all interested what either of them progressed to or achieved overnight or anything else assosciated with them. They may possess Australian passports but neither of them is Australian and as far as I am concerned, never will be. Dickhead, brainless louts claiming to be Australian whose matches should be boycotted. They have had their fifteen minutes of fame and failed.

Olympics lost me when it turned professional. It amuses me when someone says something like keep politics out of sport. Sport is all about politics and always has been.

Evidently Larry Nick Kyrgios was one of those kids who his mother never smacked

14 % who cares better if it was 100 %

Once sport becomes professional, truly professional in that one’s career and finances rely totally upon it, patriotism goes out the window.
Like a university student who can’t get into his chosen professional course and drops back to teaching I think most sport people are happy to represent another country if it advances themselves.
No, patriotism is dead , what do you expect when you flood your country with every half breed sub human piece of mongrel shit on the face of the earth?

Yeh I am waiting for the All White Round in the AFL, to celebrate the Whites contribution to the game.

Americanism has crept into Australian sports people , money ,glamour and a big dose of rudeness .

Larry, your last line nails it.

Ruby LGBT covers a wide spectrum and I'm not surprised at all.

Just wait for the next generation Rubyred. They are going to be so confused about their sexuality by the time our schools are finished with them, you are going to find the suicide rate will explode.

I think the police have to deal with so many crazies now - the same with the paramedics and Ambulance men that it is a wonder they can get anyone to join. They then get the runaround from the politicians and the Judiciary. I cannot imagine they would treat a fellow policewoman from the Ethics standards like that. They should be sentenced for assault and put in gaol if that is true. I don't believe the majority are like that.

It was reported today that the rate of suicides in LGBT people is 14% more than the population. Just sayin!

Pat Rafter, for me, epitomized great Australian tennis players and it was a shame he was plagued with leg cramps that eventually saw the end of his playing career. An all-round Mr Nice Guy. A gentleman on and off the court.

I LOVE THE REPARTEE GENTLEMEN, GAME, SET AND MATCH TO YOU BOTH.