Colorful Newcastle councilor Allan Robinson goes viral in zoom meeting

Larrikin city councilor accidentally livestreams his bizarre pre-meeting antics – and is completely unfazed when his colleagues tell him hundreds of residents are watching

  • Newcastle councilor Allan Robinson has become an internet sensation overnight
  • Jockey told fellow councilors and online viewers the dinner his wife made
  • The Newcastle Council monthly meeting was live streamed to the general public
  • The 54-year-old is a colorful character, who always has polarized opinions


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One laid-back councilor wasn’t ashamed that he accidentally streamed his bizarre antics live to hundreds of voters – he enjoyed it.

Allan Robinson, 54, a champion jockey and former NRL Footy Show favourite, joked as he prepared for a Newcastle Council zoom meeting on Tuesday night.

But he was seemingly unaware that his ad-lib ocker performance was being watched by many at home.

The larrikin proudly told his colleagues that his wife Michelle cooked him ‘nice salmon’ before adding ‘you little beauty’.

Larrikin jockey and councilor Allan Robinson told the public that the Newcastle Council meeting online saw his wife Michelle (pictured right) cooking him 'some lovely' salmon, before declaring 'you little beauty'

Larrikin jockey and councilor Allan Robinson told the public that the Newcastle Council meeting online saw his wife Michelle (pictured right) cooking him ‘some lovely’ salmon, before declaring ‘you little beauty’

Cr Robinson was then informed by a visibly embarrassed council chairman Jeremy Bath that the zoom meeting was not a private matter.

The veteran rider was not fussed, jokingly stating to the public and fellow councilors that he “married his wife not for her looks, but for her cooking.”

When another councilor intervened, a blunt Cr Robinson said it would be best to “stop whining and move on.”

Robinson has been riding professionally for over 40 years after starting as a 14-year-old with master Newcastle coach Paul Perry.

In 1998, at the peak of his ability, Robinson showed his class in the saddle, with the most winners in a single season by any jockey in Australia.

Former NRL Footy Show favorite Allan Robinson has always been a polarizing figure in the eyes of some

Former NRL Footy Show favorite Allan Robinson has always been a polarizing figure in the eyes of some

Former NRL Footy Show favorite Allan Robinson has always been a polarizing figure in the eyes of some

A number of Robinson City councilors seemed far from impressed with the jockey's ad lib comments

A number of Robinson City councilors seemed far from impressed with the jockey's ad lib comments

A number of Robinson City councilors seemed far from impressed with the jockey’s ad lib comments

He has saluted in a record 2,118 races and has built a reputation as a legend in horse racing circles.

But as prolific as he’s been at the winning post in his glittering career, Robinson has also sparked a lot of controversy.

Affectionately known as Robbo, he was suspended over 100 times – a world record – and pitted against countless race stewards in on-track disagreements, resulting in negative headlines for the sport of kings.

Cr Robinson’s foray into local politics as an Independent in the Hunter region, north of Sydney, was equally colorful.

He angered many after he labeled the mayor of Newcastle ‘fatso’, said another councilor was a ‘big, fat woman’ and called an openly gay councilor ‘custard’, a report on code of conduct violations released in July. revealed.

CEO Jeremy Bath told Robinson his comments were 'streamed live to the masses'

CEO Jeremy Bath told Robinson his comments were 'streamed live to the masses'

CEO Jeremy Bath told Robinson his comments were ‘streamed live to the masses’

After starting as a teenager, Allan Robinson has ridden 2,118 career winners in a stellar career as a jockey

After starting as a teenager, Allan Robinson has ridden 2,118 career winners in a stellar career as a jockey

After starting as a teenager, Allan Robinson has ridden 2,118 career winners in a stellar career as a jockey

When asked why he called the mayor “fatso” in an email to a taxpayer, Cr Robinson said he “doesn’t think much of her” and wondered “how much it will cost the city to make -up done every time you see her on TV’.

He also said that CR Carol Duncan was a ‘big chunky woman’ and ‘f**king unit’.

The report concluded that Cr Robinson’s conduct caused, included, or associated with, harassment or verbal abuse, and constituted harassment or bullying.

He has since been dropped from the Independents’ ticket ahead of the next Newcastle election – and many believe Cr Robinson is on borrowed time as a councilor in the Steel City, despite his respected status with the locals.

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