Victorian upper house MP Bernie Finn, known mostly for his views on abortion (he is against), but now he’s decided to weigh in on the sartorial choices of AFL players. Finn is a supporter of the Richmond Football Club, which announced yesterday that its players would be wearing their jumpers from the indigenous round in support of Adam Goodes. He posted his opposition to the move in a Facebook group for club supporters last night:

He went on to argue with other commenters, saying, “If people want to argue the point about Australia’s history, there are places to do that. The G on Friday night ain’t one of them!”. While Finn is keen to defend himself against political correctness, it’s interesting to note that this isn’t his first attack on the club wearing an indigenous guernsey. In 2011, when the jumpers were first introduced for Richmond’s Dreamtime match against Essendon, Finncalled the artwork “graffiti” and said the jumper was sacred. “It shouldn’t be interfered with for any reason. A football club’s jumper is like the nation’s flag. Leave them both alone.” While the players can change their stripe to show support for another player, leopards never change their spots.

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