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Sunday Territorian 19 Jul 2020



Sunday Territorian 19 Jul 2020


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin.; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin.

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News Corp Australia

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SUNDAY JULY 19 2020 OPINION 15 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA GIVING special treatment to our elite sportsmen and women by creating quarantine hubs provides a much-needed service to Australia during this coronavirus pandemic. But exempting arts and entertainment personalities like reality TV hosts from the harsh quarantine rules benefits no one but the individual. When Australians were first told to stay home as coronavirus hit with a vengeance earlier this year, it meant no live sport on TV. Football, soccer, rugby, netball, tennis there was no professional live sport. It was a case of binge watching Netflix or re-runs of Friends unless of course you were glued to the COVID-19 rolling news coverage. As most Victorians now face at least another six weeks in lockdown, knowing they can watch sport on TV provides some comfort. Several AFL teams were sent to Queensland hubs so they could get the 2020 season underway amid cries that AFL players were getting special treatment. But even the warm weather, occasional golf round and surf wouldnt have made up for being away from family, friends and a normal home routine. AFL is back and NRL has returned while A-League soccer resumed this weekend and Super Netball is set to return in early August. Netball Australia is currently working on establishing quarantine hubs for teams so the season can get underway. As Melburnians shelter in their homes from coronavirus and the dreary winter, theyll be able to channel surf from sport to sport providing much needed dinner table chat. But what no one in lockdown needs to be subjected to is mindless reality TV like the Masked Singer Australia. Dannii Minogue, the younger sister of the more famous Kylie, caused a stir last week when she was granted an exemption to 14 days of hotel quarantine when she landed in Queensland from the US. The reality TV host and her son were allowed to quarantine in a palatial Gold Coast home in a move that was labelled double standards by so cial media users. But Queenslands Chief Medical Officer Jeannette Young hit back saying there wasnt one rule for celebrities and another for everyone else. She has a COVID-safe plan that is being managed by an independent third party, she said. She is funding all of those arrangements. Dr Young said different groups of people could apply for exemptions to hotel quarantine, including sporting groups, consular officials, Australian Defence Force personnel and film and industry stars. That last group should be removed. What service are film and industry stars providing to Australians during lockdown? Certainly no more than media, which I note arent on the exemption list but continue to update Australians on what could be considered the most important information that Australians need right now. Live sport and talent trumps reality TV, with or without a coronavirus pandemic. Denise Cahill is the Head of News at the NT News Dannii Minogue, left, caused a stir when she was granted an exemption to 14 days of hotel quarantine while, right, AFL players are granted exemptions so they can continue to entertain people in lockdown. Pictures: GETTY IMAGES OPINION Special treatment for TV stars not on She has a COVID-safe plan being managed by an independent third party People in lockdown need sport much more than another dose of mindless reality TV DENISE CAHILL The MCG cant host this years grand final, writes RITA PANAHI IF you love something, set it free. Victorian footy fans must do the unthinkable and support shifting the 2020 AFL Grand Final interstate. Itll be infinitely better for the grand final to be played in front of a big crowd at a lesser stadium, in a lesser city, than at an empty but magnificent Melbourne Cricket Ground. Normally, as a proud Victorian, Id react with right eous anger upon hearing any talk of shifting the grand final from its spiritual home, but we are living through an insane period in human history. Crazy times call for crazy measures and though it feels unnatural and wrong on every level, one must acknowledge that the diseaseridden city of Melbourne is no place for the biggest annual spectacle in Australian sport. The grand final deserves to be played in front of tens of thousands of fans and if that cant happen in Melbourne, then the AFL must ensure it happens in Queensland, NSW, Western Australia or even in the godforsaken badlands of South Australia. Indeed, anywhere outside of Melbourne is a good option if we remain the unfortunate epicentre of the coronavirus crisis in Australia. However, any move interstate must not be seen as a precedent; it should be considered a oneoff in extraordinary times, with the full expectation that the premiership game will return to the G as soon as we are through the COVID-19 catastrophe. Of course, my opinion on this matter is beyond reproach but I did reach out to some legends of the game for their take on the grand final conundrum. A crowd interstate for the grand final is a better option than a no-crowd grand final at the MCG, said four-time premiership player, four-time premiership coach and the games greatest ever player, Leigh Matthews. St Kilda great and fivetime All Australian Nick Riewoldt also believes that having as many fans in attendance as possible is critically important. I think the grand final has to go wherever we can get the greatest attendance regardless of venue, he said. However, as it stands, the AFL still plans to hold the grand final in Melbourne on October 17 even though all Victorian clubs will be based in Queensland for the rest of the season. The grand final at a deserted MCG on a Saturday night is a depressing prospect. Better to let Queensland or Western Australia take the game and give the spectacle the atmosphere it deserves. WA has come out fighting, Wednesdays West Australian front page read Sure, lets give the grand final to NRL state with the subheading Queensland (home of rugby league and a B-grade stadium) may snatch AFL decider. Let the games begin. I tOUIINE V'oeteria ....... OURHE ctorio 1,1strolia TRAVELMARVEL TravefJ\1ore

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