Footy great Sam Newman has called for an end to divisive Aboriginal symbols – including the flying of the indigenous flag – in the wake of the public’s rejection of the Voice referendum.
The 77-year-old, who in September urged AFL footy fans to boo the traditional Welcome to Country ceremony, was sparked to anger again in his podcast this week by the use of Aboriginal artwork on the ribbons and medals given to participants in the Melbourne Marathon.
‘People just cannot help themselves. The Melbourne Marathon was run last Sunday, and everyone who ran in it got a medal … the pandering and sycophantic crap. All the ribbons had snakes and lizards and were decked out in Indigenous artwork,’ Newman said.
Sam Newman has had another crack at the use of Aboriginal culture in ordinary Australian society
When challenged by his podcast co-host, Newman doubled down.
‘Why can’t you just have an Australian flavour for the Melbourne Marathon? (Why) do you have to keep pandering to it all for? Why aren’t we just one people? What do you do that for? They can’t help themselves.’
Newman welcomed the defeat of the proposed indigenous Voice at last weekend’s referendum.
Taking to his podcast, You Cannot Be Serious, Newman condemned the reaction of disappointed ‘Yes’ voters and the decision by many organisations to run the Aboriginal flag at half-mast.
‘The people who were the Yes voters said ‘we’re going to fly the Aboriginal flags at half-mast’. Well, that’s good, we’ve got them half way down let’s remove them right down to the bottom and not fly them at all,’ Newman said.
He also ironically welcomed the plan from Indigenous leaders to hold a ‘Week of Silence’ to grieve the outcome of the referendum.
‘How fantastic is that? Let’s have a year of silence and not talk about it,’ Newman said.
The former Geelong great and Footy Show host maintained Australians had had a ‘gutful’ of being divided by the promotion of Aboriginal culture by official bodies.
‘We are all one tribe of people. Tribe, I use the word advisedly. And why they keep dividing us, and that’s what The Voice was about. It was a divisive document designed to do exactly what it was designed to do, and that was divide us,’ Newman said.
‘But people rejected it out of hand.’
Sam Newman slammed the use of Aboriginal artwork on this year’s Melbourne Marathon medal
Former Miss Universe Australia Olivia Molly Rogers and her medal, which contained Aboriginal artwork
Newman asked Australians to boo the traditional welcome to country (pictured)
His rants come hot on the heels of his well publicised attacks on the Welcome to Country ceremonies.
Newman urged Australians to boo the traditional ceremony at not only the AFL grand final, but anywhere it is publicly performed.
Australians largely ignored Newman’s calls and continued to show respect to the ceremony throughout the NRL and AFL footy finals.
During an interview with 3AW’s Tony Jones at the time he asked Newman point-blank: ‘Are you a racist?’
Newman replied: ‘Please… now you tell me what you think a racist is besides saying me.
‘Who have I vilified? I don’t think you know what racism is. Racism is about hate primarily and it’s if you defile, decry or degrade someone, think you’re superior than them or try to dominate them. It’s the most overworked word in the English lexicon at the minute… you tell me why anything I’ve said and what I’ve done is anything to do racism.’