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When he left the Army, Sam Johnson was torn between buying a Kombi van and starting a business. That was until he found an exciting way to combine the two.

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What does the LNP’s kids curfew say about the party’s Queensland election chances?

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There’s growing evidence the LNP is giving up on the idea of forming majority government.

Instead, the strategy appears to be focused on winning as many regional seats as possible, and defending their marginals in the south-east, hoping to at least take away Labor’s parliamentary majority.

Publicly, the Opposition will insist right up to October 31 that it’s aiming to win a minimum of nine additional seats needed to form government by itself.

But in both her policy announcements and campaign itinerary, LNP leader Deb Frecklington is sending out very different signals.

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Instead of two moments tailored for different audiences at NRL and AFL grand finals, why not have one national ceremony?

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Football grand finals are a time of pomp and pageantry both real and contrived, as we attempt to add layers of significance and gravitas to the most important game of the season and also justify the hefty price of admission.

In the attempt to provide, ahem, “Super Bowl-style entertainment”, the NRL has a better record of matching hype with expectation and has even created the odd iconic moment such as Macklemore’s rendition of One Love.

The AFL tends to lurch between cringeworthy Meatloaf misfires and The Killers belters.

Far more emotionally connected with the game and the occasion are those symbolic moments when the players stand in line and the crowd falls silent.

It used to be just the national anthem and, at the AFL grand final, the…



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They’ve been close for years, but can Geelong snag the 2020 AFL flag?

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Winning is hard. Really hard.

In life, finishing in the top 10 or 20 per cent of people or teams is something to be proud of, but in the cutthroat world of sport it often isn’t enough unless there’s a flag as well.

It’s hard to build a contender that can stay in the window for any extended period of time. Geelong has done so, but might be getting to the end of its current stretch (at least without reinforcements).

Not only have the Cats fielded the four oldest teams on record this October, but their most important players are at the older end of the scale.

Much of the focus this year will be on Richmond and their quest for a third premiership in four years.

But Geelong have also had an extended run of great teams, including four top-four…



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