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Tony Abbott Is Mad That Macklemore Is Performing "Same Love" At The NRL Grand Final

Tony Abbott has said the NRL grand final should be free of "politics". Here are all the times politics stayed well away from sport.

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At the National Rugby League grand final this Sunday, US rapper Macklemore will perform Same Love, his 2012 same-sex marriage anthem in front of over 80,000 at ANZ Stadium, with singer Mary Lambert.

So excited to sing Same Love with @macklemore at the @NRL Finals in Australia! also lolol at my interview: "will ch… https://t.co/AlGc6Xtqpe

It is especially pointed because it will be performed while Australia is conducting a postal survey on whether same-sex couples in Australia should be able to marry.

A former NRL player Tony Wall started a Change.org petition tagged as "protecting children", calling for the song not to be performed.

"My family and many other loyal NRL fans, who are 'no' voters, will not feel comfortable watching the grand final when the NRL is imposing such a bold political stance on its fans while the issue is currently being voted on by the Australian people," Wall stated in the petition.

He has the backing of former prime minister and prominent "no" campaigner Tony Abbott.

Abbott reckons that a grand final should not be politicised.

Footy fans shouldn't be subjected to a politicised grand final. Sport is sport! https://t.co/1uRh4eZ61Z

Which is fair enough. There are definitely not lots of examples of Tony Abbott, the politician, appearing at sporting events, and with sporting stars.

He is definitely not, for example, being booed at the 2014 NRL grand final in this video.

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He never conducted media interviews in an NRL stadium where he promised things he ultimately backflipped on.

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And I'm sure the former prime minister wasn't being too political on the field when the Socceroos went up against Kuwait at the 2015 Asia Cup.

No, no, no. Politics and sport definitely never mix.

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Tony Abbott signs footballs for fans during the North Melbourne Grand Final Breakfast at Etihad Stadium, September 28, 2013.


Josh Taylor is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.

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