The Colonial Legacy of the Commonwealth Games
The Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games was last night. Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall flew into the Gold Coast from Clarence House to be welcomed by an adoring crowd.
But what do the Commonwealth Games mean to Australians? With Australia on the verge of becoming a republic, and seeking a more benevolent relationship with its First Australians, the Games feel like an imperial hangover. Can Australia progress towards being a fair and equal society if we continue to participate in the Commonwealth Games?
To discuss this question and the Commonwealth’s Games relationship to the Empire, The Daily‘s Sam Baran was joined by Dr Andy Fuller, Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne and editor of sports culture blog Reading Sideways.