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Martina Navratilova still waiting for Tennis Australia to act on Margaret Court

Tennis legends Martina Navratilova and Margaret Court

Leo Schlink writes:

MARTINA Navratilova has lambasted Margaret Court as “deluded”, declaring she is waiting a response from Australian Open organisers over demands to remove Court’s name from Melbourne Park.

Navratilova has accused Court of “demonising trans kids and trans-adults everywhere” with her views on same sex marriage and claims tennis is “full of lesbians.”

“I have not heard anything from the organisers (Tennis Australia) I think they’re gonna be issuing something, publicly, perhaps more than they have done so far,” Navratilova said.

“I haven’t heard or seen anything so we will see which way the ball rolls. They’re just trying to figure out what to do, I think they’re not quite sure what to do.”

Sam Stosur says Margaret Court is “digging a very big hole for herself”

Sam Stosur

Australia’s number one female tennis player Sam Stosur says Margaret Court is ‘digging a very big hole for herself’ with her comments about same-sex marriage and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

‘I think she’s digging a very big hole for herself at the moment. And for whatever reason, she wants to keep talking about it,’ Stosur said Friday after beating American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-2, 6-2 in the third round of the French Open.

Court won a record 24 Grand Slam singles titles in the 1960s and 1970s and is now a Christian pastor.


Margaret Court engages in anti-gay diatribe

Margaret Court

Ben Anderson writes:

MARGARET Court has reaffirmed her opposition to homosexuality, telling a Christian radio station that tennis is “full of lesbians”.

Speaking to 20Twenty Vision Christian Radio Neil Johnson on Monday, Court said when she was on the professional tennis tour lesbian players would try to influence younger players.

“When I was playing there was only a couple there, but those couple that led that took young ones into parties and, things…because they like to be around heroes,” she said.

“And you know, what you get at the top is often what you’ll get right through that sport.”

The champion tennis player entered the public debate on homosexuality last week when she wrote a letter to The West Australian saying she would no longer travel with Qantas because of the airline’s support of same sex marriage.

When asked a question on same-sex marriage, Court compared homosexual rights activists to Hitler and said children who identified as transgender were being influenced by the Devil.

“That’s all the Devil . . . but that’s what Hitler did and that’s what communism did – got the mind of the children. And there’s a whole plot in our nation, and in the nations of the world to get the minds of the children.”

Children’s literature sparks a conversation on dementia


Witnessing the decline of a grandparent or elderly relative with dementia can be a confusing and confronting time for young children.

In response, a growing number of children’s authors and illustrators, often inspired by personal experience, are turning to the subject in their books for young readers.

To mark World Dementia Awareness Month in September, a group of Australian children’s authors are collaborating to showcase their stories and raise awareness of dementia and its impact on families.

Children’s literature can be a valuable starting point to discuss ageing and the transition to care.


“While many countries, including Australia, continue to refuse entry to those seeking humanitarian assistance…”

Pakistani migrants arrive on the beach in Kos, Greece, at dawn after making their way from Turkey Photo: Dan Kitwood

Pakistani migrants arrive on the beach in Kos, Greece, at dawn after making their way from Turkey Photo: Dan Kitwood

Dimitria Groutsis and Diane van den Broek write:

While many countries, including Australia, continue to refuse entry to those seeking humanitarian assistance, struggling countries such as Greece that can least afford it willingly assist. The vast gap in the standard of living between Australia and debt-ridden Greece, begs the question: why is a country that has so little to give, the one most likely to share?

Despite the popular stereotypes of migrants crossing seas in leaky boats as desperate, low-skilled and poorly educated, the truth is that many have considerable skills and qualifications that support their desire to find work, build lives and make a future for themselves and their families.

Recent evidence gathered by the UNHCR also points to a more varied migrant profile. This has helped challenge the common perception that all migrants are a drain on the economy and disrupt the country’s harmony and social life.

In 2015 there were 68,000 refugees who entered Greece by sea to find work and a new life; 57 per cent of those new arrivals were fleeing war in Syria. The UNHCR says more than 40 per cent of them were university educated, and another 46 per cent had secondary educations.

In April this year the UNHCR also conducted surveys to learn more about the challenges facing Syrian refugees in Greece. Preliminary results based on 670 of a planned 3500 interviews paint a picture of a people undergoing a deep and abiding struggle to survive, and who expect to face even further hardship as they continue on their journey.

It’s hard to understand why a country like Australia, which enjoys one of the best standards of living in the world, is not at the forefront of the humanitarian efforts. Why is it that a country that has not had a whiff of austerity or experienced the global financial crisis as acutely as many others did can remain so mean-spirited?