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John Warhurst
By John Warhurst
November 24 2021 - 6:30pm
Tim Paine has stepped down as Australian Test captain due to a sexting scandal. Picture: Getty Images

The fall from grace of Australian Test cricket captain Tim Paine, following the revelation of his involvement four years ago in a sexting scandal, might be seen as an irrelevant distraction, something of interest only to a few cricket fans. Paine is only a cricketer, and cricket is only a game. Australia has bigger problems to deal with than arguing the toss over the rights and wrongs of Paine's "crime" and "punishment". Australia is approaching a federal election, and issues such as freedom of religion, vaccination mandates, territory rights, a federal ICAC and climate change are on our agenda.

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John Warhurst

John Warhurst

Canberra Times columnist

John Warhurst is an emeritus professor of political science at the Australian National University and a regular columnist for The Canberra Times.