Richard Cooke
is a journalist and writer for television. He is The Saturday Paper's sports editor.

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Opinion December 16, 2017

False Labor and the birth of Manus

“The Laborites’ Deep Concern has been applied to every death, rape and outrage since, along with fretting entreaties that the government be more “accountable” and “transparent”. This purely rhetorical stance evaporates the moment the Greens apply …”

Sport December 16, 2017

All-round success: Jess Jonassen, 25, cricketer

All-rounder Jess Jonassen on the Ashes tour, paving the way for future female cricketers and the importance of education as a fallback plan.

Sport December 02, 2017

Fists of fate: Tyson Pedro, 26, mixed martial artist

Tyson Pedro on how UFC fighting is a human form of chess and why his mum’s banned from watching his bouts.

Sport November 25, 2017

Roll playing: Tyan Taylor, 27, goalball player

How visual impairment led Tyan Taylor to become a key member of Australia’s Paralympic goalball team.

Sport November 04, 2017

Raising the bar: Kiana Elliott, 20, weightlifter

Kiana Elliott on her transformation from elite gymnast to champion weightlifter.

Sport October 28, 2017

Swimming’s lessons: Brenden Hall, 24, swimmer

Three-time Paralympic gold medallist Brenden Hall on losing his leg at six, and why swimming is such an important part of his life.

Opinion October 21, 2017

Australia’s welcome mat for right-wing trolls

“Milo’s year-ending whistlestop is called the Troll Academy Tour, and the baffled reaction of the Sunrise hosts recalled a more innocent time, when alt-right figures weren’t the warm-up act for the Cash Cow. You can chart the change …”

Sport September 23, 2017

All the right moves: Emma, 28, professional wrestler

Melbourne’s Tenille Dashwood on being drawn in by wrestling’s theatrics and big characters, and turning herself into the WWE Superstar Emma.

Opinion September 09, 2017

Australia chases America’s decline

“Now the once-mighty bald eagle of American power is barely hanging onto its perch. You might think this de-soaring would provoke some quietude, or at least acknowledgement that building schools in Kabul instead of Kansas hasn’t turned out very well. …”