Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Contents - Sar­rah

The real fight was meant to be be­tween two men – An­thony Mundine and Danny Green. And yet in the days lead­ing up to their box­ing re­match ear­lier this month, Jes­sica Mauboy found her­self drawn into the con­tro­versy over Mundine’s re­fusal to stand dur­ing the na­tional an­them, which the pop­u­lar singer was sched­uled to per­form. Af­ter sug­gest­ing she had only been hired for the gig be­cause “she is black”, Mundine went on to spec­u­late that Mauboy had failed to prop­erly re­search “Ad­vance Aus­tralia Fair”. His words stung and, as Mauboy tells Kathy Mccabe in this week’s cover story, she pas­sion­ately re­jects the im­pli­ca­tion she is ig­no­rant or dis­in­ter­ested in an is­sue so close to her heart. “Like I was dumb and didn’t care – of course I care!” she fires back. And her ap­pear­ance on to­day’s cover, wear­ing black, red and yel­low, is a por­trait of a thought­ful young wo­man cel­e­brat­ing her In­dige­nous iden­tity; a por­trait of a proud Aus­tralian with noth­ing to apol­o­gise for.

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