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The Spiv-tionary offers the worst (and the best) of euphemistic language

From the old faves to the depths of hubris that, hopefully, could lead to the user’s downfall, your offerings have come thick and fast.

Daryl Maguire arrives at ICAC (Image: AAP/Dean Lewins)

Yesterday we asked readers to help us identify the euphemistic language of the shonk and the spiv, and you didn’t let us down.

We can’t fit all the responses we got into one day so to start here’s a couple that inevitably get wheeled out under scrutiny — and a recent instant classic from the Maguire-Berejiklian discourse:

‘I’ll have to take that on notice’: A classic time-buyer, stated, as our correspondent notes, with the “hope that we, the people, will never hear about it again”.

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Federal Budget offers little for people with disabilities

To cap off a year of bitter turmoil for Australians, people with disabilities and their carers have been left behind by the Morrison Government’s Budget.

The Coalition Government’s own rhetoric, of course, emphasises that no one will be left behind in this “land of opportunity” in which we all get a “fair go”. Treasurer Josh Frydenburg’s budget delivery also promoted notions of social responsibility and care. 

For those who are young, for those who are women, for those without able bodies or who lack the capacity to work, and for those who aren’t seeking big business tax cuts, there’s not much on offer. The conservative leadership that drove this Budget has casually omitted people with disabilities (as well as their carers) from funding.

That is basic funding that would make a tangible difference in their lives and now service provision will remain inaccessible for many.  

To entire demographics and cross-sections of the Australian community, the message is loud and clear: in the Coalition’s ideal world of fiscal responsibility and pursuit of prestige (even during a global pandemic and a recession) you still don’t matter. 

Despite a cash injection of two $250 instalment cash payments for disability pensioners, many of whom live in abject poverty, it appears some won’t be brought off with a tokenistic sweetener.

Disability advocates were also quick to flag that “extra-funding” to be provided the NDIS was merely reflective of natural growth of the scheme, which was set up to support participants with essential items and services.

Some also wanted a breakdown of how such funding may be allocated, pushing for spot checks and investigators to act as safeguards for people with disabilities against their own NDIS providers.

How the NDIS has failed under a Liberal government

Romola Hollywood, director of policy and advocacy for People with Disability Australia, has been quoted by ProBono Australia as saying

‘We have learned from the tragic death of Ann-Marie Smith that strengthening safeguards for people with disability to prevent violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation is an urgent priority.’

The same media release highlighted the need to prioritise jobs for people with disabilities, who ‘without targeted measures, in a tightening labour market’ will continue to be excluded from mainstream employment. Social housing was another area people, “would have liked to have seen leadership from the Federal Government.”

A report in The Guardian also suggested that job seekers with disabilities may face years of poverty. It explains that: 

‘The number of people with disabilities on jobseeker payment rose from 25 per cent in 2014 to 41 per cent – or 325,000 – in March … These jobseekers often have a mix of conditions, including psychosocial disabilities that don’t allow them to meet the tight requirements of the disability pension.’

Many of these people could receive only a base rate payment of $40 a day when the COVID-19 supplement runs out.

Peter Davidson, principal adviser for the Australian Council of Social Services perhaps put it in the clearest terms:

‘They were already at the back of the queue, but the queue has become a great deal longer.’

Already this year, life in Australia has been a year marred by vicious adversity: fire, the virus and now the farce of the Federal Budget. Each has tested the tenacity and resilience of ordinary Australians.

The truth is, in terms of adequate funding, there’d be more breadcrumbs leftover for ordinary and everyday Australians in a Hansel and Gretel-esque “fairytale” than that handed down by the Federal Treasurer.

According to the ABC, Prime Minister Scott Morrison admitted that the Budget may be one of the most consequential in living memory.

How support for disability can enable us all

The tide may be turning though.

And some suspect that a few “quiet Australians” are beginning to murmur behind their hands and awaken to their civic duty again. Until “toilet paper-gate”, at least, Australian communities have been known for their strength and dynamic resilience. Arguably those most vulnerable are even more so.

Australians are capable of great flexibility and many now accustomed to change.

It’s little wonder that at this point the word on the street is best summarised like this: “It’s time for Australia’s Leader of the Opposition, Anthony Albanese, to please stand up.”

In the year 2020, we’ve never needed a viable alternative quite like now. For some, the time within which to make a tangible difference to their quality of life, is almost certainly running out.

Naomi Fryers is an Independent Australia intern and freelance writer based in Melbourne.

Disclaimer: Naomi Fryers’ internship, auspiced by Arts Access Victoria, is funded by a Sustaining Workers Grant, dispersed by the Victorian Government via Creative Victoria. Full editorial control is maintained by Independent Australia. 

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Nine offers $30 million for rugby union broadcast rights

Former RA boss Raelene Castle was eager to get more free-to-air coverage for the sport to grow the sport’s audience. Nine’s offer is smaller than the bid incumbent broadcaster Foxtel made nearly two weeks ago. Industry sources familiar with the talks previously aid Foxtel had offered between $35-$40 million for the matches despite previous claims the pay TV operator did not believe the sport was worth that much. However, some Foxtel sources indicated they offered less than $35 million. Foxtel pays between $30 million to $40 million a year for the rights but was hoping to renegotiate price in the same way it landed new deals with the AFL and NRL.


Foxtel has broadcast rugby games in Australia for two decades. The broadcaster, which runs Fox Sports, offered to sign a new five-year deal late last year but discussions fell apart earlier this year over the pricing. Foxtel has also reduced its rugby commentary budget in recent years and no longer has a mid-week show.

When talks first fell apart between RA and Foxtel earlier this year, Ms Castle approached Nine about a bid. A successful bid by Nine would also change the positioning of streaming service Stan, which currently runs international and local drama and film. Stan currently has 2 million subscribers, a large audience base for rugby union to try and attract. Kayo had 600,000 subscribers in September.

Any deal with the Nine would be short-term but if the involvement of Stan proves a success, it could open up the potential for other sports rights negotiations to include the streaming service in future. Such a move would put pressure on Foxtel which is heavily dependent on sport for subscribers.

Nine is the second free-to-air broadcaster to make an offer for the rights. Network Ten bid broadcast the Wallabies Tests last month but offered less than the $3.5 million a year it currently pays. Ten does not want to pay large amounts for the rights because of declining audiences. In 2015, the average audience for international Tests on Network Ten was about 345,000. In 2019 the audience figure was 194,000 and a lack of audience often results in less appeal for advertisers.

Network Ten’s chief sales officer Rod Prosser said last week low-rating sport was of no benefit to the broadcaster. “Sport obviously attract advertisers, and particularly blue chip advertisers in droves. What our clients are mostly in now is the audience [a sport] delivers. Having a low rating sport, just for the sake of sport, is of no benefit to me.”

One caveat on the value of the rights will be whether South Africa continues to participate in the Rugby Championship next year. South Africa confirmed last week it would not play in this year’s tournament but rugby sources have indicated it is considering playing in a Northern Hemisphere competition next year. The Rugby Championship is a highly lucrative competition for the governing body and the absence of South Africa will reduce its value. Interim RA boss Rob Clarke said late last week he was confident that the Springboks would not exit the Rugby Championship for good from next year.

Foxtel, Ten and BSkyB are at the end of a $285m five-year deal with RA signed in 2015. Securing a new deal is crucial for the financial security of the code (a large amount of RA’s revenue comes from broadcasters).

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Best Amazon Prime Day deals 2020: Offers on iPads, Fitbits and more

After months of wondering and waiting, the big day has finally arrived.

Christmas has come early in the form of Amazon Prime Day.

Typically taking place in June, the mega sales event was postponed in lockdown but it’s here and the two-day extravaganza is treating Prime members to over one million deals.

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What is Amazon Prime Day?

While the very first Prime day in 2015 was a 24-hour event, recent years have seen more discounts and offers spread over two whole days to give customers even more opportunities to bag incredible products at a fraction of the cost.

When is Amazon Prime Day 2020?

It has just begun – the exact date for 2020 is October 13-14.

What are the best deals?

With the sheer quantity of deals on offer, it’s hard to distinguish the good from the bad, so we have you covered. See our pick of the 8 best deals to shop this Amazon Prime Day.

Nintendo Switch (Neon Red/Neon Blue) + Animal Crossing New Horizons

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It was one of the most sought-after games in lockdown combined with one of the most covetable consoles in the game – this is a hot ticket item.

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It may not be the sexiest of purchases so get this Shark vacuum at a more purse-friendly price tag.

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Apple iPad Air (10.5-inch, Wi-Fi, 64GB) – Space Grey

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Get your hands on the previous iPad Air model complete with iOS 15, a 10.5″ display and 64GB of storage for less.

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Philips Lumea Prestige IPL Cordless Hair Removal Device with 3 Attachments for Body, Face & Precision Areas

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Take your hair removal into your own hands with this hi-tech approach. Philips’ award-winning at-home IPL device has impressive, long-lasting effects.

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Upgrade your timeworn toothbrush with this Oral-B iterations that has a whopping 75 per cent savings.

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The sold-out Glide is back but this time, it’s reduced by £45. Straightening will never be the same again.

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Flex your cooking prowess with all the right tools with this 13-piece set from Tefal.

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Is it worth shopping on Amazon Prime Day or should you wait till Black Friday?

According to our friends over at Amazon, “Throughout Prime Day, members can shop with confidence that they’re getting low prices that won’t be beaten this year.”

Do you need an Amazon Prime account to take part?​

Yes. The sale is exclusively for Prime members so you need to be signed up if you want to bag all the bargains in Amazon’s annual sale. As well as next-day delivery on thousands of products, Amazon Prime membership also opens up a world of video, books and music streaming services.

Students can get in on the action with Amazon Student, which costs £3.99 a month, and comes with a whole raft of discounts and offers for those studying.

How much does Amazon Prime membership cost?

You can either pay £7.99 a month or pay a £79 annual fee.

If you haven’t signed up yet and you’re hesitating, you can try a free 30-day trial before the sale and see how you like it.

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There are over 150 million members who can have unlimited One-Day delivery on million of items and even Same-Day delivery.

It also includes; Prime Video, Prime Music with access to over two million songs, Audible Channels, thousands of books and magazines at Prime Reading, unlimited photo storage with Amazon Photos, Prime Gaming, early access to Lightning Deals and one free pre-released book a month with Amazon First Reads. You can also do your weekly food shop over at Amazon Fresh.

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AFL trade news, rumours, whispers: Collingwood trades, Tom Phillips, offers, contract, free agency, Brody Mihocek, St Kilda

Collingwood has reportedly told a multiple-time top-ten best and fairest finisher they’re happy to trade him.

Meanwhile a rival contender is lurking around their leading goalkicker.

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Ruck dilemma for Richard as Tigers consider Mabior Chol as support, Damien Hardwick offers support to Sydney Stack, Callum Coleman-Jones

“A lot of [the game] is going to be off the back of centre bounce,” Hardwick said.

“We know the significance of centre bounce at Adelaide Oval. It’s a relatively easy ground to defend so territorial battles are going to be important.”

Hardwick said Chol was developing well and he had great faith in his ability. Encouraged by his second half against the Lions after a below-par performance in the first half, Hardwick said he was confident Chol could perform as required with the Tigers thinking Nankervis would be more dynamic if given less game time.

“We will continue to invest in him … he can do some things that other players can’t,” Hardwick said.


The Tigers marked out the Adelaide Oval dimensions to train at the Gold Coast on Wednesday as they look to win at a venue they have won at just three times in eight appearances since 2017.

Although they lost to Port Adelaide there in a hard-fought round 11 match they will be bolstered by the presence of Trent Cotchin, Shane Edwards, Dion Prestia, Bachar Houli, Jack Graham and David Astbury who did not play in that match.

Hardwick revealed he had been in touch with Coleman-Jones and Sydney Stack since the incident that saw them sent home in early September after being involved in a fight in Surfers Paradise at 3:30am.

“We’ve spoken a couple of times. We’re supportive of them as a club. We are incredibly disappointed in their actions but the fact of the matter it’s a learning opportunity for both of those boys, ” Hardwick said.

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Labor’s Budget reply offers policy flesh but coronavirus added new complications

Many people who know Mathias Cormann — let us except Malcolm Turnbull — will hope he wins his bid to become secretary-general of the OECD.

Not only is he well qualified, but it would be a feather in Australia’s cap.

He’s certainly no shoo-in, however. There are already multiple candidates, the pandemic will make campaigning complicated, and Australia’s record on climate change might be a negative.

But he’ll have strong government support and, given his meticulous organisational skills and network of contacts abroad, nothing will be left undone.

Finance Minister throughout the Coalition’s term, Cormann is respected across the political spectrum, which has made him effective as the Government’s “wrangler” of the difficult characters in the Senate.

His dour image conceals a lighter side, seen in Wednesday’s cameo appearance on the ABC’s Mad as Hell as he jested with his “spokesman” Darius Horsham, a long-running character on the show.

A small reshuffle

Cormann’s October 30 parliamentary exit — the timing determined by the OECD’s process — is a significant loss for the Government. But Scott Morrison was determined not to let it become a disruption.

Morrison has filled Cormann’s shoes even before his minister has stepped out of them, announcing Simon Birmingham will take over the finance portfolio and Senate leadership when Cormann goes.

Mathias Cormann will leave parliament at the end of the month.(ABC News: Ian Cutmore)

The PM said he’d make no other changes at that time, but there will be a reshuffle at year’s end.

Birmingham will then shed his trade ministry, and Morrison will have the opportunity to make other alterations to his team. With aged care set to be a mega issue after the royal commission reports in February, one thing he should do is put a heavyweight into that portfolio and elevate it to cabinet.

And then the major play

Thursday’s small shuffle was a sideshow in the major play of the week, which saw a Budget with a deficit of $213.7 billion this financial year that gambles on being large enough to get the country marching to recovery.

It will take months to judge whether the Government has pitched its Budget well (and that’s assuming no new seismic setbacks), but it is satisfied with the immediate reception. Income tax cuts are likely to be popular even if their critics argue other measures would be better. Business can only welcome the massive incentives to invest, although many enterprises won’t survive to take advantage of them.

Labor has given its support to the huge tax concessions for business in Josh Frydenberg’s second budget.

This ease of passage is in sharp contrast to the company tax cuts in then-treasurer Scott Morrison’s first budget, which embroiled the Turnbull government in a debilitating fight from 2016 to 2018. Even Cormann couldn’t wrangle the big business tranche of those through the Senate; it was abandoned in the final week of Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership.

The Budget has come under fire

The Budget has come under fire on various fronts — for example, the wage subsidy for younger workers carries the risk of being rorted, and there’s criticism about the lack of assistance for older workers.

Nevertheless, it has been a difficult budget for the opposition to savage, given Labor is endorsing its core elements of income tax cuts and business concessions.

But one fertile area for the Opposition has been the lack of specific assistance for women, many of whom have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic. They’re often in casual jobs, and in sectors with the biggest job losses (although Frydenberg pointed out women have been strongly represented in the restored jobs). Women have also carried a disproportionate load of home schooling.

The Opposition Leader had several imperatives to meet as he went into that speech. To produce some policy flesh. To set up an ideological difference with the Government. To cut through to the public.

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Childcare advocacy organisations have broadly welcomed Anthony Albanese’s proposal.

The election countdown is beginning

With possibly only a little over a year before an election, the Opposition is under pressure to start rolling out detailed policies. Albanese’s promises to make child care more affordable (at a cost of $6.2 billion) and to modernise the energy grid (a $20 billion investment) were substantial commitments.

The childcare policy will appeal to women in particular. The pandemic has made families, but especially women, even more aware how important child care is for them — the brief period of it being free only increased the appetite for a better system — and the Budget didn’t respond.

The proposals Albanese put forward to boost skills and local manufacturing highlighted Labor’s message that it believes in using government as a driver of change, through prescriptions, procurement policy and other means.

Albanese proposes mandating that a certain proportion of workers on major government-funded projects should be apprentices and trainees. He even suggests this could be extended to government-funded sectors such as aged care — how practical that would be is debatable.

There wasn’t a detailed social housing policy but Albanese flagged Labor would invest substantially in this area — that’s spending favoured by many economists as well as necessary to improve lives.

Has Morrison muddied political waters?

While Albanese is at pains to argue he’d mobilise the power of government, Morrison has muddied this political water.

The Budget might be heavily private-sector oriented (and from that vantage point, seen as ideological), but Morrison is also interventionist when it suits him. His so-called gas-led recovery and his identification of designated sectors in his manufacturing policy are examples.

In terms of the imperatives he was trying to meet, Albanese did produce some policy flesh but of the announcements, probably only the child care initiative is likely to achieve general “cut through”.

In his stress on child care and social housing, Albanese made his point that Labor had different priorities to the Government’s. And we got the message about putting government in the driver’s seat.

But the picture of what an Albanese government would actually look like wasn’t clear — as it can’t be, because that remains a work-in-progress.

Nor did we get any comprehensive idea of how, if this had been a Jim Chalmers budget, Labor would be tackling the immediate crisis differently.

Albanese’s problem was that circumstances demanded too much of him in his Budget reply.

He had a fair crack at meeting those demands, but he couldn’t change the perception that the pandemic has made the Opposition one of its victims.

Michelle Grattan is a professorial fellow at the University of Canberra and chief political correspondent at The Conversation, where this article first appeared.

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The Latest: Biden offers details of ‘national mask mandate’

WASHINGTON — The Latest on the 2020 presidential election (all times local):

8:30 p.m.

Biden told NBC News during a town hall Monday night that he doesn’t believe a president can impose a national mandate nationwide. But Biden says as president he’d require masks on federal property, an executive action with wide reach across the country.

Biden says he’d use the bully pulpit of the presidency to urge all governors, mayors and county executives to use their authority to require masks in their jurisdictions. Biden says he’d call governors to the White House to talk about COVID-19, though he adds that he knows not all of them would come.

Biden often mentions the need for nationwide mask mandates but he has sometimes been unclear about how he views presidential authority on the matter.


8:15 p.m.

Biden said during an NBC News town hall Monday that “you have to tell the whole truth” about your health as president but not necessarily “moment to moment” as a health scare plays out.

The 77-year-old referred back to the 1981 assassination attempt of President Ronald Reagan. “They were transparent,” he said, but Americans didn’t get a blow-by-blow of the president’s care.

Asked whether he’d ever hold back some part of his health status, Biden said he do it “only on the margins and only for the moment.”


5:10 p.m.

The Biden-Harris campaign requested a plexiglass shield for Wednesday’s vice presidential debate, and the Commission on Presidential Debates agreed to it. That’s according to a campaign aide with knowledge of the request who was not authorized to discuss it publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

It will be the first debate since President Donald Trump was diagnosed with the coronavirus.

The debate in Salt Lake City is the first and only meeting of the two vice presidential candidates.

— AP writer Kathleen Ronayne



President Donald Trump is at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center with the coronavirus. Democrat Joe Biden is campaigning in the critical background state of Florida on Monday.

Read more:

— Trump says he’s leaving hospital for White House, feels good

— 2020 Watch: How long will Trump be quarantined?

— Election 2020 Today: Trump’s drive-by, Pence hits trail



4:35 p.m.

Joe Biden says he’s glad President Donald Trump appears to have made a swift recovery from the coronavirus, but he notes that “our nation’s current crisis is far from over.”

The Democratic presidential nominee made the comment Monday afternoon in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood while campaigning in Florida.

Trump tweeted earlier Monday that he was leaving Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in the evening after a three-day stay for the coronavirus. He announced his diagnosis early Friday.

Biden says, “I was glad to see the president speaking and recording videos over the weekend. Now that he’s busy tweeting campaign messages, I would him to do this: Listen to the scientists.”

He also urged Trump to support a nationwide mask mandate in federal buildings, saying he himself backed it months ago.


2:40 p.m.

President Donald Trump says he’s leaving the hospital Monday evening after a three-day stay to treat symptoms of COVID-19.

The president tweeted: “I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M. Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!”

The virus has killed nearly 210,000 Americans.

Trump has been treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center since Friday afternoon.

Trump’s return comes as the White House is still learning of the scale of the apparent outbreak on the complex last week. Press secretary Kayleigh McEnany tested positive for the coronavirus Monday morning.


12:15 p.m.

Joe Biden says he’s willing to go forward with an in-person debate later this month “if scientists say it’s safe,” even after President Donald Trump was diagnosed with COVID-19.

Speaking to reporters before boarding a flight to campaign in Florida, the Democratic presidential nominee declined to say Monday whether he believes the next presidential debate, scheduled for Oct. 15, should be virtual.

Instead, he said he would “listen to the science” and that “if scientists say that it’s safe, that distances are safe, then I think that’s fine.” Biden and Trump stood about 10 feet (3 meters) apart during the last debate, though neither wore a mask during the event. Trump tested positive for the virus just two days later and is hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Plans for the second debate are in question following Trump’s diagnosis, and the development has already informed changes to the vice presidential debate. Vice President Mike Pence and Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris, will stand 12 feet (3.6 meters) apart, rather than the 7 feet (2 meters) originally planned.

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Brent Naden offers his support to Peachey

Penrith centre Brent Naden messaged Tyrone Peachey during the height of last week’s racism scandal to applaud his stance against alleged abuse in the NRL.

Gold Coast utility Peachey was left hurt and angry last week when he accused Mitchell Barnett of calling him a “black c***”, a claim strongly denied by the Newcastle lock.

An NRL investigation into the matter found no evidence to reach a conclusion, while both Peachey and Barnett stood by their respective claims after conciliation.

It marked the second investigation into racism by the NRL this year, after Naden was abused by members of the crowd by a match on the Central Coast in August.

Peachey’s claims therefore struck a chord with Naden, who made an immediate point to contact the former Panther.

“When it first happened I spoke to him, reached out to him,” Naden told AAP.

“His missus replied honestly because he is overwhelmed with messages. I just said I am standing with you 100 per cent.

“Our town and community is going to stand with him. The boys here are going to stand with him.”

Fellow senior Panthers and Peachey’s former teammates Nathan Cleary and Isaah Yeo were among other Penrith players to message Peachey.

Naden himself spoke just last month about the influence of Latrell Mitchell and Adam Goodes’ stances against racism in being a motivation for finding his own voice.

At age 24 and in just his 22nd first-grade game at the time, he did initially fear a public backlash but received significant support.

He has since accepted a formal apology from the group of young fans who made the remarks, but hopes it can continue to inspire other players to take the same position.

“It’s a really positive sign people are speaking up,” Naden said.

“I’m lucky now after Latrell Mitchell and Adam Goodes faced the front of it, it’s making it easier for me.

“Hopefully this now makes it far easier for young Indigenous boys and girls coming up.”

Meanwhile Barnett also made a point to denounce racism last week, but insisted while he’d sworn at Peachey there was no racial taunt and the incident had been a misunderstanding.

“Players should call out discrimination and I support Tyrone in speaking out,” he said in a statement.

“I hope Tyrone continues to receive support from the game and his club.

“However, that does not change the fact I did not say what I was accused of saying.”

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