1. Bert Kelly, “Heads roll — Mavis smells an election,” The Australian Financial Review, October 17, 1975, p. 3. Excerpt: “At best, he [Fred] said, international sport only fostered stupid, blind nationalism, and at worst, it led to bloodshed and international hatred.”
  2. Bert Kelly, “More funds to train Olympians?,” The Australian Financial Review, August 6, 1976, p. 4. Excerpt: “If we wanted to create goodwill we would ban all Government-backed international sporting events, not encourage them.” Another excerpt: “Governments have no proper place in the bedroom or on the sporting field either, no matter how popular such actions may be!”
  3. Bert Kelly, “The sporting camel in the tent of the taxpayer,” The Australian Financial Review, September 16, 1977, p. 3. Excerpt: “I read through the White Paper on sport and it is certainly a powerful document. For instance, in this one simply splendid sentence it pleads for Federal Government to pay for sport: ‘Sport is a way of life for Australians; they must not be denied this way of life.'”
  4. Bert Kelly, “Small government’s growth problem,” The Bulletin, February 17, 1981, p. 123. Excerpt: “Of the many examples of the government’s willingness to rush headlong into intervention, he [Eccles] chose its promises on expenditure on sport as the worst.”
  5. John Singleton’s 1977 pitch that he be on a committee of one to run the 1988 Sydney Olympics for profit — Mike Agostini, “Promoter sees profit in Games,” The Sun-Herald, April 17, 1977, p. 93.
  6. John Singleton with Bob Howard, Rip Van Australia (Stanmore: Cassell Australia, 1977), pp. 187-88, under the heading “Olympic Games”. Excerpt: “We only won a bronze medal in the relay, and it is therefore a matter of immediate and earth-shattering importance that the government dip into its bottomless pocket and shell out more of our money for facilities, trips and equipment for sports.”
  7. Robert Haupt, “When politicians start jogging, run for your lives,” The Sydney Morning Herald, August 29, 1990, p. 4. Excerpt: “Indeed, so often and for so long did these leaders run that one sometimes wondered what the cumulative effect was on their brains — all that jiggling from all that jogging.”
  8. John Huxley, “Sinclair Hill: not your average bushie,” The Sydney Morning Herald, June 12, 1993, p. 39. Excerpt: “The death of the bush is the biggest calamity facing Australia today. We’ve got drought, recession, low commodity prices. People out there are starving, and what are our politicians all excited about? Winning the Olympics. Planting a few palm trees at Homebush.”
  9. Padraic P. McGuinness, “Let them swim nude,” The Australian Financial Review, September 16, 1988, pp. 92-91.
  10. Padraic P. McGuinness, “Warning: health is a budget hazard,” The Weekend Australian, August 1-2, 1992, p. 2. Excerpt: “The ‘healthy’ activities, while they may avert heart disease and some other complaints, such as diabetes, will give rise to a new set of complaints among the spavined struldbrugs, as a result of the injury strains of football, netball, jogging, aerobics, etc.”
  11. Padraic P. McGuinness, “We should ban Olympics,” The Sydney Morning Herald, April 1, 2000, p. 46. Excerpt: “The whole area of competitive and spectator sports catering to humanity’s worst instincts and the wealth to be derived from it leads to the worst kind of human behaviour and abuse of the body. About the only kind that might seem exempt is physical exercise in a gym or by way of jogging. But as the entrepreneurs and ‘personal trainers’ of this business have now discovered, they are catering not to health or longevity but to narcissism and self-worship of the worst kind. That’s where their money comes from.”
  12. Padraic P. McGuinness, “It’s about money — and there’s nothing wrong with that,” The Sydney Morning Herald, September 28, 2000, p. 8.
  13. Benjamin Marks, “Sports Fans Should Be Libertarians,” Economics.org.au, July 1, 2010. Opposes grandstanding. Excerpt: “Separate sport and politics. Sports should no longer receive tax money, be taxed or subject to any other government interference. Sport should not be used as a political football.”
  14. Neville Kennard, “Why Not the Drug Olympics?,” Economics.org.au, October 17, 2010. Excerpt: “The Olympics started in Athens; now Greece is broke and they need to try anything to pull in the crowds and the cash so they could create there the permanent venue for the Drug Olympics every four years. If it becomes really popular it could even become an annual event. Greece on steroids! Body, Mind and Drugs! Medicine, Money and Mayhem!”
  15. Neville Kennard, “Separating Sport and State,” Economics.org.au, December 9, 2010. Excerpt: “The latest sporting event to be pursued by governments around the world has been the Football World Cup for 2018 and 2022. Luckily, Australia missed out; but not before some very adept and polished lobbying by businessman and political benefactor Frank Lowy. No doubt a goodly amount of tax-payers’ money has already gone into the failed bid, but this is a lucky let-off for Aussie tax-payers. The congregation of the Church of Football (soccer, that is) would no doubt be disappointed that their local priests did not get to hold the services in their Australian temples.”
  16. David Sharp, “Introduction to Olympic Economics,” Economics.org.au, August 29, 2012. Excerpt: “In 2005 when London was awarded the Games, the projected cost was 2.4 billion pounds. Official cost is now put at 9.3 billion pounds. Critics maintain 18 billion pounds is more likely”.