NSW Parliament backs Adam Goodes’ war dance and condemns Eddie McGuire for being a “continual boofhead”

MEDIA RELEASE – 3 June 2015

The NSW Legislative Council today passed a motion supporting footballer Adam Goodes’ Aboriginal war dance celebration, and condemning President of the Collingwood Football Club, Eddie McGuire for being a “continual boofhead”.

“Today the NSW Upper House has recognised that Adam Goodes is a sensational footballer, a great Australian and a mentor to many, and supported his cultural expression in celebrating a great goal,” said Greens MP and sports spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham.

“As a life-long Collingwood supporter, I’m embarrassed by Eddie McGuire’s blunders and racial gaffes, so I’m glad the NSW Upper House has officially condemned Mr McGuire for being a ‘continual boofhead’,” he said.

According to the Macquarie Encyclopaedic Dictionary, a Boofhead is a ‘fool, a stupid person or an uncouth male’.

The motion passed by the NSW Legislative Council is reproduced below:

  1. This House notes that:

 a) Mr Adam Goodes is a professionalAustralian rules football player with the Sydney Swans in the Australian Football League (AFL),

 b) Mr Goodes is a dual Brownlow Medallist, dual premiership player, four-timeAll-Australian, and a member of the Indigenous Team of the Century who has represented Australia in the International Rules Series,

 c) Mr Goodes holds the most games played record for the Sydney Swans. A record he achieved when he played his 304th game in Round 5, 2012,

 d) Mr Goodes is of Aboriginal descent is active in the Sydney and Australian Indigenous community. He has spent time working with troubled Indigenous youth, including those in youth detention centres, along with his cousin and former teammateMichael O’Loughlin, 

 e) Goodes is a supporter of the Recognise movement which seeks to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution and ensure there is no place in it for racial discrimination, t’

 f) on Friday the 29th of May Mr. Goodes performed a ‘war dance’ in celebration of Sydney Swans goal against the Carlton Football Club at the Sydney Cricket Ground, and

 g) Mr Goodes learned the war dance from the Flying Boomerangs, an under-age indigenous AFL team. to RECOGNISE Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia’s



  1. That this House recognises and supports:

 a) the actions of Mr Goodes in celebrating his goal and Aboriginal culture,

 b) the important role sport and cultural expressions such as Aboriginal war dances, the Maori Haka and Tongan Sipitau play in building understanding between cultures and fighting discrimination, and

 c) The proud tradition of Australia’s Aboriginal sports men and women such as Johnny Mullagh, Eddie Gilbert, Yvonne Goolagong, Lionel Rose, Arthur Beetson, Syd Jackson, The Ella brothers, Nicky Winmar, Cathy Freeman, Nathan Jawai, Tony and Anthony Mundine, Nova Peris-Kneebone, Jade North, Adam Goodes who have used their profile to fight racism and as a role model to all.


  1. That this House condemn Mr. Eddie Macguire, the President of the Collingwood Football Club for his comments that” 

a) “This is a made-up dance, this is not something that has been going on for years.’, and

b) being a continual boofhead.


See page 439-440 of the NSW Legislative Council notice paper



  • The NSW Parliament just earned a standing ovation from me! Thank you for your official show of support for a wonderful Australian who has done, & continues to do, so much work in, & for, the community.


  • I agree with what you’ve said about Adam Goodes in point 1 above but I think his war dance aimed at a small group Of Carlton supporters was a mistake. Does that make me a racist boofhead too?


  • Fantastic way to spend taxpayers time & money. BRAVO!!
    Adam Goodes took a wonderful weekend celebrating ALL indigenous players past & present and turned the whole weekends attention toward himself. He is a selfish, narcissist who when unhappy with how the public & the media treat him pulls out a racist card for the media to wave for him.


  • Jeremy, I usually think you are a total wanker, but you are spot on this time. Thanks.


  • You obviously didnt see it, if you had you would of seen mixed onlookers Swans & Blues. Adam Goodes made me proud Ive been a Swan suppoter since 1960 Go Bloods


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