‘AFL needs to step-up’: Warren Mundine

Warren Mundine, chairman of the prime minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council, has called on the AFL to change its overall attitude towards race and racism.

Speaking ahead of the annual AFL multicultural round, Mundine said Australia should look to the international stage on how to act towards racial discrimination on and off the sporting field.

“For us on the Aboriginal side, this racism and vilification, these attacks … we just cannot put up with any of this stuff anymore,” he told Fox Sports.

“In Europe we had crowds banned from games because of how they behaved … now the AFL has to step up.”

Asked whether Mundine felt the Adam Goodes booing controversy had been a step back for the game, tarnishing the country’s reputation, Mundine said it provided a great opportunity to “move forward” on racism.

“The amazing thing is it really touched a raw nerve in the Australian community, and I’m talking about Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal as well,” he said.

“The good news is the Australian public really rallied behind this. You saw the respect last weekend with the banners at the Sydney Cricket Ground.”

Mundine also called for Aboriginal war dances to be a part of games, similar to the pre-match haka performed by the All Blacks, while noting they would need to be of an inclusive nature.

“The haka is done by black, white, green, pink, purple, whatever they are, people have taken it all on,” he said.

“It’s about how they’ve engaged and worked as a group, and I think we have to do that here.”

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