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"For better or worse, sport has become central to Australian life and the business of being Australian. Sporting culture is accessible and provides continuing satisfaction for many Australians. It is immensely popular and also addresses some of the central issues of Australian life. "

RICHARD, CASHMAN - Paradise of Sport: the rise of organised sport in Australia

"It would be surprising if sporting culture and sporting heroes and heroines did not contribute to the imagination of an Australian nation, to help flesh out what nationhood represented and to publicise the important symbols of the nation. "

RICHARD, CASHMAN - Sport, Federation, Nation