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Backlash against AFL star’s ‘disgusting’ rant

An AFL legend has been slammed over his comments on Indigenous Australians after talking about Aboriginal history on a podcast.

Let’s take a look back at former Footy Show host Sam Newman’s most shocking moments.

Newman took to his podcast alongside Hawthorn icon Don Scott to say Aboriginal Australians have no history in a “disgusting” 10-minute rant.

The former Geelong player expressed how he does not believe that schools should be educating children on Indigenous history and culture.

“They hunt and they kill things and they eat them? I’m being serious – what is the history to teach? That wouldn’t take a hell of a lot of time to teach,” he said.

Sam Newman has been slammed for his comments about Indigenous Australians. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Daniel Pockett

He went on to say he hoped that teachers taught about English explorer Captain James Cook and “give us the history about who came here and who developed the country”.

His comments drew the ire of fellow host Scott who erupted at the comments.

“There’s a lot of history with regard to the Indigenous people, they’ve been here for 60,000 years. How they survived for 60,000 years is the history,” he said.

”You can look at the fish traps and the middens at Mornington…how they survived in a very harsh country, where they travelled and what they did.

Newman criticised those planning to vote yes, but has been met with backlash on that stance. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Andrew Henshaw

Newman also took aim at the Voice to Parliament, saying people who plan to vote yes “ought to be ashamed”

“You give them an inch and it just keeps going and going,” he said.

The podcast episode was quickly condemned and labelled as “racist”.

“He is beyond disgusting. All the more reason for us to vote yes,” one person said.

“Who cares what some racist misogynist that could kick a ball once upon a time says about the constitution & the proven world‘s oldest continuous culture,” another posted on social media.

“The fact that he is allowed airtime is a disgrace.”

It’s not the first time that Newman has courted race-related controversy, wearing blackface on national television to mimic AFL star Nicky Winmar in 1999.

Newman was condemned for donning blackface on the Footy Show in 1999.

The government’s stance on Indigenous history dispute Newman’s comments, with the Home Affairs department saying Aboriginal people have lived in Australia for tens of thousands of years.

‘The first people to migrate to the Australian continent most likely came from regions in South-East Asia between 40,000 and 60,000 years ago,’ the department’s website reads.

Some anthropologists suggest these early migrants crossed onto what became the continent of Australia before the separation of what was originally one landmass joining Australia, New Guinea and Tasmania.

“Prior to European settlement, best estimates suggest that the Aboriginal population was likely to have been between 300,000 and 1.5 million, consisting of around 600 different tribes speaking more than 200 distinct languages and located primarily along the food-rich coastal regions and main river systems.”

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