THE STEM SELL TO GIRLS
Have you ever met a female astronomer? A woman working as an industrial engineer? A girl coding? Not many of us have, because the gender gap in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) is immense, and growing.
SPORT ABOVE THE SHOULDERS
In Australian sport, most psychologists work with individuals, rather than the group as a whole and social psychologist Jenny Williams says this is a costly mistake. “If a social psychologist shows a coach how to treat people, they will get on better and perform 20 per cent better as a group.”
BUY-IN IDEAS FOR LEADERS
Change is the constant in today’s working world, and adapting to it means leaders need support for their ideas. They need ‘buy-in’.
BOB MURPHY’S FOOTY CARD POSE
Bob Murphy bridges the generation gap between the primitive, fabled 1970s – which means just about every footy decade – and the digital present. He also bridges gaps between the bush and the inner city, the learned and the blue collar, the casual fan and the fanatic.
THE ULTIMATE MARATHON MAN
At the age of 39, a failed arm-wrestle changed the life of New York businessman Joe Gagnon. Killing time with colleagues after a work event, Joe found he couldn’t win a single contest. It was the “wake-up call” that got him out of the “greatest rut in his life”. Joe, who couldn’t run a mile at the time, vowed to get fit.
SUNDAY NIGHT SADNESS
Melbourne Ice coach Brent Laver and many of the travelling crew suffer from a syndrome unique to the amateur, but increasingly professional Australian Ice Hockey League.
THE MOCK DRAFT
Agent says: This kid is not just a franchise player, you should consider closing down your franchise and starting again with this kid as its logo, its guiding light, its transformative icon. This kid is more than a sportsman, he’s a life force. Wilted flowers revive when Connor McCallum gazes upon them, broken household appliances re-start; children laugh then rush to their homework; tubercular old-timers free-dive cough-free; wild animals freeze in awe.
THE FOUR POINTS: REVEALED: ROBOT UMPIRES
AFL umpires report, August 2025.
The AFL’s much-feted robot umpires have been lauded as a success by the league’s director of umpiring, Mick Malthouse, despite complaints that the high-tech whistle blowers lack a human touch.
THE FOUR POINTS: THE PERSONALITY REVIEW PANEL
Major Australian news companies have created the world’s first Personality Review Panel to determine the punishment for outspoken public figures. “With the inevitable sledging nasties sure to appear during the Ashes, we felt it was time for consistency in our character assassinations across platforms,” said PRP spokesman Howard Beale.