Video has resurfaced of Indigenous Voice to Parliament advocate Marcia Langton branding Australia’s national anthem as offensive in a keynote address.
On Thursday, Voice opponents circulated a video of Prof Langton criticising the ‘Advance Australia Fair’ at an Australia and New Zealand School of Government conference in February 2019.
The footage was captured before the lyrics of the anthem were changed in 2021 from ‘for we are young and free’ to ‘for we are one and free’.
It was part of a keynote address attended by more than 400 public servants, academics, and Aboriginal and Maori leaders to discuss Indigenous affairs titled: ‘Give Money and Power to the Indigenous Sector’.
As Yes campaigner Marcia Langton came under more fire, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese delivered another impassioned speech for Aussies to support the Indigenous Voice to Parliament in Canberra on Thursday
Towards the end of the 45-minute speech, Prof Langton commented about the anthem, four days after a pre-season NRL clash between the Indigenous and Maori All Stars.
The Australian Indigenous All-Stars team sparked a public outcry for refusing to sing Australia’s anthem after their Maori opponents proudly performed the New Zealand one.
‘I can tell you that when I saw the NRL All-stars game on Friday night, I had to sit down during the Australian national anthem,’ Professor Langton said.
‘The Maori people, with their treaty, and you know we have none, were able to sing the national anthem proudly.
‘I doubt I know any Aboriginal people who know the words to ours.
‘In fact, if you read them, they are so offensive.
‘We look across the ditch at the Maori progress, the Treaty of Waitangi, the Treaty of Waitangi Tribunal, your justice reinvestment program, your economic development. It’s all possible, and I don’t see why we can’t have that here.’
Professor Marcia Langton claimed in a 2019 keynote address that she didn’t know any Aboriginal Aussies who knew the words to Advance Australia Fair
At the time, the NRL Indigenous All Stars sparked controversy for not singing the national anthem at the 2019 All Stars match. Pictured is Latrell Mitchell leading the Indigenous war cry
She also claimed the then Coalition federal government ‘cannot even contemplate treaties.’
‘Public servants have little idea of what we’re talking about and need to be educated quickly to understand these indigenous priorities if a referendum is held on the voice of proposal of the Uluru statement,’ she said.
Earlier today, audio resurfaced of Langton branding Australia a ‘horrible, racist country’.
The Indigenous academic made the inflammatory comments in 2017 with the audio shared on 2GB on Thursday.
‘What fantasy world do they live in that would make them even ask the question?’ she said.
‘Of course Australia is racist. It’s a horrible, racist country.’
The newly-unearthed comments comes after Prof Langton was this week forced to deny calling No voters ‘racist and stupid’ at a referendum event at Edith Cowan University in Perth on Sunday.
Instead, she clarified she ‘was explaining how the No campaign is using fears and lies to frighten No voters into voting No’.
‘The No campaign is claiming that this our proposition in the referendum will create apartheid and so it’s very important to answer people’s questions and explain exactly how this kind of the [campaign] works,’ she said.
‘I deny it absolutely. There is a recording of what I said at the Bunbury meeting. And what I said is very clear.’
Audio from the meeting reveals Prof Langton said: ‘Every time the No cases raise their arguments, if you start pulling it apart, you get down to base racism – I’m sorry to say that’s where it lands – or sheer stupidity.
‘If you look at any reputable fact-checker, every one of them says the No case is substantially false, they are lying to you.’
Marcia Langton (left) and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (right) are urging Aussies to vote Yes to the Voice on October 14