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Learning Australian Rules

Fitzroy Stars  My bosses at the Fitzroy Aboriginal Health Centre, where I worked many years ago, decided that it would be educational for me to do a bit of volunteering at the Saturday footy games—to do some bonding with the local Koori community, to immerse myself in the unique complexity of Koori relationships, every Saturday—rain, hail or shine. My Australian-trained colleagues, once they learned that it was unpaid, ignored the invitation, citing extreme professional learning commitments. The home base of the Koori team, the Fitzroy Stars, was at the old Lions ground at the furthest-from-the-City end of Brunswick Street in…

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