In the context of Indigenous disadvantage, Francis Xavier Holden floats an idea I’ve never heard before.
Iâ€™ve thought for a long time that one simple big idea that would contribute to Aboriginal wellbeing would be to locate one AFL team to Darwin.
It is easy enough to do and would probably be popular. I reckon in time it would end up being a 80% aboriginal team and the flow on/ trickle down/ effects to small communities would be enormous.
There’s plenty of money sloshing around in AFL and Iâ€™m assuming like other sports there are large amounts of public money flowing if not in straight subsidies then certainly in infrastructure and facilities right down to footy grounds at schools and local government provision of grounds, buildings, night lights etc.
I have no interest in watching or playing AFL football and have never followed it at all.
Fascinating. The only counter-argument I can think of is that diverting kids into sport may pull them out of formal education. But that’s just a hypothesis, and it may in fact be the case that kids who follow the sports trajectory would otherwise have trod aÂ rougher path.