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The NSW Premier Just Nailed The Racist "Booing" Controversy

"A line has been crossed."

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Australia's political leaders have begun speaking out about the ridiculous treatment of Adam Goodes in the media. There's been a range of responses but one that sticks out...

The Liberal NSW Premier Mike Baird, known for his love of rugby league, has written an honest Facebook post calling for AFL fans around the country to stop the relentless booing.

Facebook: mikebairdMP

The statement is even more notable because fellow Sydney Liberal, prime minister Tony Abbott is yet to comment on the race debate playing out in the nation's media.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten tweeted his support for Goodes.

Adam Goodes is a great Australian and a brilliant footballer. Don't care who you barrack for, he deserves respect.

And Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young thought the Sydney Swans player would make a terrific MP.

Adam Goodes is a champion. A talented footballer and wonderful role model. IMO he'd also make a great honest passionate member of parliament

Then there's the statement from former prime minister Kevin Rudd which came across as a little... mmm... well, it was very Kevin Rudd.

Unbelievable that 7 yrs after the National Apology that we are seeing today this revolting example of racism against Adam #Goodes #afl K

Well as Mike Baird said on Thursday:

"Goodsey… I hope you feel the waves of support from the many thousands of supporters that have got your back. I can't wait for you to get back on the field. When you do, I'll be cheering loudly for you. And I won't be alone," said Baird."

Mark Di Stefano is a political editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.

Contact Mark Di Stefano at mark.distefano@buzzfeed.com.

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