Cody Walker won’t back down on Australian anthem criticism

Cody Walker says he has received both support and backlash in the wake of his comments about the Australian national anthem.

Walker drew headlines after the Indigenous All Stars’ win over the Maori All Stars in Melbourne last month when he said Advance Australia Fair should not have been played prior to the match.

Taking a stand: Cody Walker opted not to sing the anthem before the NRL Allstars match.Credit:NRL Photos

“To be honest, no,” Walker said last month when asked if he felt the anthem should have been played. “It just brings back so many memories from what’s happened, and it’s something everyone as a group and everyone in Australia needs to, I suppose, get together and work something out. It doesn’t represent myself and my family.”

While supported by prominent Indigenous rugby league figures – including Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga – Walker still received his fair share of criticism in the weeks since.


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