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Australians realize their image is just not cricket

Sports scandal batters national pride in 'fair play'

GEOFF HISCOCK | Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands

Australia's self-image is of a tolerant society where everyone can expect a "fair go" at life. With sports being a big part of the culture, that "fair go" extends to playing fair as well.

But this year has seen Australia's fairness image take a battering, courtesy of some bad behavior from bankers, politicians and sporting heroes.

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