Rugby League legend Johnathan Thurston supports the stars of the indigenous state of origin who remain silent during the national anthem – he calls for a referendum at the Advance Australia Fair
- Rugby legend Johnathan Thurston supported players who didn't sing a national anthem
- Said while he sang it for family reasons, he respected those who didn't choose too
- He supported NSW State of Origin player Cody Walker who chose not to sing
- He also said he thought it was time for a referendum on the national anthem
Rugby legend Johnathan Thurston has supported the players of the native state of origin who will not sing the Australian national anthem when the series starts on Wednesday.
New South Wales five-eighth Cody Walker announced earlier this week that he would again refuse to sing the Advance Australia Fair as he did prior to the February Indigenous All Stars game.
Josh Addo-Carr joined his teammate and said the national anthem does not represent the indigenous people of Australia.
Thurston praised the decisions and doubled his remarks by saying that there should be a referendum on the national anthem.
Rugby legend Johnathan Thurston (photo) praised Walker's decision at the time and doubled his comments by saying there must be a referendum on the hymn
NSW five-eighth Cody Walker (photo) announced earlier this week he would again refuse to sing the Australian national as he did prior to the Native All Stars game in February
& # 39; It is creating a conversation about it in the wider community about the national anthem and how some people of the first nation feel that it does not represent them. Cody said that, & he said The Courier Mail.
He said he felt that Australians should learn more about the history of the country, in particular what has happened since colonization to better understand the attitude of some players.
He also said he thought it was & # 39; definitely the time & # 39; was in favor of a referendum on the national anthem.
Thurston always chose to sing the national anthem for family reasons after some of his family members in previous wars & # 39; under the flag & # 39; had fought.
He said a lot like how he chose to sing it for family reasons. He praised Walker for choosing not to sing family reasons.
& # 39; I don't challenge my opinion about anyone, it's just how I and my family have grown up and how I feel. I have already expressed my opinion and I want to repeat that it is just my opinion, & Walker said The Sydney Morning Herald.
After Walker chose not to sing the national anthem for the Ingenious All Stars game, he was asked about it during a press conference after the game.
& # 39; It brings back so many memories of what happened and I think it is something that everyone as a group, and everyone in Australia, needs to work something out, & # 39; he said.
Addo-Carr said he supports Walker's decision and also revealed that he hasn't sung the national anthem since he was in school.
& # 39; I forgot how to sing it. I didn't go to school in about ten years. I hardly sing it, & he said to the Messenger.
Melbourne Storm and NSW player Josh Addo Carr (photo) joined his teammate and said the national anthem does not represent the indigenous people of Australia.
Queensland player Dane Gagai said he understands the attitude behind not singing the national anthem and that he usually chooses to watch his family while it is being sung.
& # 39; Someone has to make the decision if it changes, I think the national anthem came at a time when the indigenous people were not being looked at properly, & # 39; he said.
Advance Australia Fair was written and first composed by Peter Dodds McCormick in 1878, but did not become the national anthem until April 19, 1984.
Prior to the election of Advance Australia Fair, the Australian national anthem was God Save the Queen.
Other suggestions for a national anthem from that time include Waltzing Matilda and The Song Of Australia.
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