30 September, 2016. 15:10
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An unarmed Aboriginal man who was shot by police in Cowra on Wednesday, has been criticised for not standing for the Australian National Anthem in the Orange Base Hospital, where he is in a stable condition.
Paramedics treated Mr Doolan for a gunshot wound to his lower back or buttock during a public disturbance in the back blocks of Central West NSW. He was later seen not standing for the National Anthem while after having a live police round removed from his body.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has responded to this man’s controversial boycott on talkback radio this morning.
“I think it’s divisive. Everyone should stand for the National Anthem. Whether your white, black or have a bullet lodged in your lower back should make no difference,”
This comes as former NRL star and professional boxer, Anthony Mundine has on all Indigenous sportsmen during this weekend’s grand finals to boycott the Australian national anthem to protest against racial inequality and injustice.
Malcolm Turnbull has also said that Anthony Mundine was being divisive, and that comments like that aren’t helping the Royal Commission into why Aboriginal kids are being tortured in the Northern Territory’s juvenile prison system.
A NSW Police statement said a critical incident was underway to determine the “circumstances surrounding the incident, including the discharge of a police firearm” – however they think it is pretty poor form that the victim chose not to stand for the National Anthem.