Australian sports stars are being urged not to stand for the national anthem during this weekend’s major rugby league and Aussie Rules finals, as a protest against racism.
The campaign was started by pop culture website Junkee, which called it a show of support for Indigenous Australians.
Paul Gorrie, an Indigenous Australian activist involved in the Junkee campaign, said Kaepernick’s protest made him think “why shouldn’t we do that here?”
He said the Australian anthem, Advance Australia Fair, “was written in 1878 when land was still being stolen and black people were still being massacred”.
It and the recent deaths of Indigenous Australians in police custody were “the impacts of our colonial history and the racism that continues to this day”, he said.
“This is a call to action for ALL players to show solidarity by not singing and taking a kneel during the national anthem this weekend at the NRL and AFL grand finals.”