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Better Off Dead. Join us as Andrew Denton investigates the stories, moral arguments and individuals woven into discussions about why good people are dying bad deaths in Australia – because there is no law to help them.

Better Off Dead

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A lesson in the power of words (and censorship) - The Drum

We like to think it's part of what defines us as Australian. Telling it like it is, calling a spade a spade. But something's changed. The realisation came to me a couple of weeks ago during the annual NSW Public Primary Schools' public speaking competition. Instead of waxing lyrical about why dogs are better than cats or why homework should be banned, my youngest son, all of 10, decided to speak about words.

"What do you want say about words? " Turns out there's plenty of choice language peppering the playground. I asked to have a look at what he'd written. St Kilda recruit Jake Carlisle apologises for video appearing to show him snorting white powder. Updated New St Kilda recruit Jake Carlisle has apologised for a social media video that shows him appearing to snort a line of white powder.

St Kilda recruit Jake Carlisle apologises for video appearing to show him snorting white powder

The Snapchat clip aired on Channel Nine's A Current Affair on Wednesday night and Carlisle responded with a statement on Thursday morning admitting to the act and expressing his regret. The video footage was released on the same day Carlisle was traded from Essendon to St Kilda after drawn-out negotiations. "I have made a very poor decision and let people down and for that I am embarrassed and truly sorry," Carlisle said in the statement. "First, I would like to apologise to all St Kilda members, supporters and staff, AFL fans as well as my new team-mates. The video casts me in a very poor light and reveals clearly inappropriate behaviour which I regret, but am accountable for.

"I am aware of footage being aired of me last night and I want to be upfront and say that I made a mistake. " "He's not getting caught up in the images, grainy or otherwise. Drugs and footballers: the spotlight shines on us all. It's pitiful that footage like Jake Carlisle's should be worth anything at auction.

Drugs and footballers: the spotlight shines on us all

Photo: Getty Images The issue of illicit drugs in sport is hard to go on about because it is fundamentally boring. Jake Carlisle's video is so dull that if you were to write it into fiction and deliver it to an agent, the body of what remained after she read the first two pages would be used to prop open the door and let in the spring air. There's no argument I've heard that can refute the simple fact that what a celebrity does with himself in private is of interest to the soft and temporary aspects of our attention. And while Carlisle did broadcast his private moment, it wasn't with the intention that it be dispersed for our judgment, or the judgment of a football club that wants to borrow his talent on the field.

I see why this story is interesting to Saints people, who want know about their investment and have found out, if nothing else, that he's not overly concerned with appearances. Jake Carlisle the centre of drug scandal. AFL footballer Jake Carlisle has been thrust into the centre of yet another potential Aussie Rules drug scandal, with Channel Nine's A Current Affair claiming that the 24-year-old allegedly sent a video of himself snorting a white powder to contacts on Snapchat.

Jake Carlisle the centre of drug scandal

The vision was released on Wednesday night, with 9news.com.au reporting that a man they claim to be Carlisle can be seen in the video snorting what appeared to be a line of white powder. It is unclear what the white powder seen in the footage is. Jake Carlisle. AFL in limbo over drugs after Jake Carlisle video. Jake Carlisle admits snorting white powder New St Kilda recruit confirms it was him snorting white powder in the video broadcast by A Current Affair.

AFL in limbo over drugs after Jake Carlisle video

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Jake Carlisle saga: Western Bulldogs had concerns about former Bomber

Jake Carlisle's agent unlikely to face punishment. Jake Carlisle will first need to apologise to players.

Jake Carlisle's agent unlikely to face punishment