BETWEEN MAN AND MYTH

There is so often a deep, unpassable chasm between man and myth. The late James Rieher Snuka, the professional wrestling icon better known to his legion of fans as "Superfly," who died last month, was a hero to a whole generation of TV wrestling fans. Inducted into the World Wrestling Federation’s Hall of Fame in [...]

February 10th, 2017|Criminal Law, International, Sport|

RACY BEHAVIOUR

This weekend’s Castrol Gold Coast 600 is yet another reminder that some people just seem to be a whole lot happier when someone gets their gear off. Ever since the days of its earliest incarnation, the Gold Coast Indy 300, with its raunchy Indy Undy Ball and bare breasts on the balconies, Queensland's biggest car [...]

October 21st, 2016|Criminal Law, Entertainment, Sport|

ATTACK OF THE DRONES

With the currently almost endemic proliferation in Australian society of audio- and video-recording mobile phones, and the recent announcement by CASA of the relaxation of laws and regulations around the use of surveillance drones in Australian airspace, perhaps it’s time we all sat down to have a good hard rethink about some of our rules [...]

September 30th, 2016|Entertainment, International, Privacy, Sport, Technology|

NRL MATCH FIXING INVESTIGATION

Today’s news that six NRL stars will be interrogated over alleged match fixing, and face jail if they refuse to co-operate with investigators, brings into sharp focus a recurring issue for professional sports people. Having endured the debacle that was the recent ASADA doping investigation into the AFL and NRL, and more recently still match [...]

September 8th, 2016|Criminal Law, Sport|

THE CANDYMAN CAN

Our perhaps most flamboyant and controversial client, the Gold Coast’s own Candyman, tobacco franchising supremo Mr Travers Beynon, had a win this week in the Supreme Court when Justice James Douglas froze $250,000 in sponsorship funds paid by his company Freechoice Australia to the Lucas Dumbrell V8 racing team, ahead of this weekend’s Townsville 400. [...]

July 8th, 2016|Litigation, Sport|

ALI RIP

Over the weekend, a great hero passed away. Muhammad Ali was not just a giant of the sport of boxing, he was one of the most influential characters 20th century, one whose dynamic personality was an integral part of the winds of change that swept through the post-war period. Below is a story I wrote [...]

June 7th, 2016|Opinion, Sport|

THE RUMBLE OF TURBULENT TIMES

Well, the final figures are in, and it's official - the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. prize-fight last month was the most lucrative bout in boxing history. It racked up a record 4.4 million pay-per-view buys, which produced more than $US400 million in TV revenue alone. Ticket sales of around $US72 million, international sales of $US35 million, closed-circuit [...]

June 4th, 2015|International, Sport|

SATTS TELLS IT ALL IN GLORY DETAIL

Yesterday I joined South Sydney faithful at the old Redfern Town Hall in Sydney for the launch of Glory, Glory, the autobiographical account of the life and times of South Sydney rugby league legend ‘Gentleman’ John Sattler. MC’ed by  John’s premiership-winning son Scott, and introduced by life-long South Sydney tragic Ray Martin, the event was [...]

August 27th, 2014|Opinion, Sport|

BROTHER FOR BROTHER

We choose our friends. We don’t choose our family. But family is family, for better or for worse. Mostly we love them, at times they drive us to distraction. They embarrass us, and we embarrass them. But as life pitches up its cruel and crazy curveballs, family is a constant. I was born the youngest [...]

July 2nd, 2014|Criminal Law, Opinion, Sport|