Michael Coggan: It can be a real problem - particularly coming from a western culture and not having seen Aboriginal communities before. When journalists go to a community for a day - and as a journalist that is usually what you do - fly-in, fly-out, or drive-in, drive-out. We usually have no idea of the cultural and long-term context of what is going on in the communities that we travel to. Unless you have got very good contacts in those communities. Thankfully often we do, but it is very easy for reporters that don't spend a lot of time on the ground to come in and say "Oh, it is all just a mess - we need to report on this, there will be a political & media focus on this and then it will be fixed."
I didn’t want to follow Manly but my daughter insisted. Then the club committee noticed me on the hill so they invited me to sit with them one day and I behaved my backside off and ultimately became their No. 1 ticket holder, which is one of the highest states to which a humble Homo sapien can rise short of actually playing first grade rugby league.