Faith versus football — The end of Andrew Thorburn's AFL job

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Period5 Oct 2022

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  • TitleFaith versus football — The end of Andrew Thorburn's AFL job
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletABC Radio National
    Media typeRadio
    DescriptionBusinessman Andrew Thorburn has quit as CEO of the Essendon football club in Melbourne, less than 30 hours into the job.

    Thorburn says he had to choose between a prestigious role in Australian sport or an honorary position in his church.

    His critics claim he couldn't run an inclusive AFL club while helping to lead an evangelical church with conservative views on abortion and sexuality.

    Dr Renae Barker is an expert on religion and law at the University of Western Australia. She discuss the issues arising from this case.
    Producer/AuthorAndrew West and Hong Jiang
    PersonsRenae Barker


  • freedom of religion
  • Essadon
  • AFL
  • Australian Rules Football