Anti doping and sporting organisations cannot do ‘whatever it takes’ to secure an anti doping conviction – they like all other organisations and persons are bound to act within the law.
The bloody-minded focus upon a possible assertion of a possible anti-doping case against Essendon players, staff or even Stephen Dank, may well be found to be lacking if and when it comes to be tested in the proper forum and at the proper standard of proof.
Julie Owens MP: "I don’t believe that you can call it charity work if the taxpayer is paying your salary to do it - let alone if you make a profit out of it on the back of $350 in travelling allowance a day."
Max Markson told The Northern Myth that if AMGEN was paying $80,000 a year to have Tony Abbott promote their brand that it was sponsorship that was 'cheap at twice the price'.
"The establishment of ASADA will mean that sports, athletes and the public can have complete confidence that doping allegations will be investigated and pursued in an independent, robust and transparent way," - Kevin Andrews MP, December 2005
What many in Australian sport want as Tony Abbott PM's first order of business on 8 September 2013.
Do we need more evangelical cheerleading and yelling about "catching the cheats" from politicians and supporters of a confected "war on doping" or some commonsense and critical reflection that makes athletes part of the solution - not all of the the problem?
Mark "Chopper" Read may have some sound advice for the Cronulla Sharks players accused of using banned substances. Don't put your hand up too soon.
The problem for the Australia Government now is that it appears that the public version of the Crime Commission report is just the tip of the iceberg. The Government and ASADA are in damage control and the countries top football leagues (Australian football’s AFL and Rugby League’s NRL) are in crisis.
If Cancer Jesus ever returns to Adelaide he can expect to be dragged from his private jet at the airport, hitched to the back of a truck with a rope, hauled into the city down Anzac Parade and his lifeless body hung for display from a light standard in Victoria Square while the crowds that once sang his praises to the sky bay for his blood. He doesn't deserve any better.