The AFL is supporting the Recognise campaign, which focuses on the push to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia’s constitution and to ensure there’s no place for racial discrimination in it.

The R symbol will be painted in the middle of each AFL venue during the Toyota AFL Indigenous round, with Sydney Swans co-captain Adam Goodes and former Swans champion Michael O’Loughlin among the AFL people supporting the Recognise campaign.

“The long presence of Aboriginal people in this land is part of Australia’s history. I think every fair-minded Australian can understand why recognition will help us to heal old wounds,” O’Loughlin said.

Among others supporting Recognise are Prime Minister Tony Abbott, opposition leader Bill Shorten, National Party deputy leader Barnaby Joyce, Greens leader Christine Milne, singer and songwriter Archie Roach, Recognise spokesperson Tanya Hosch, Yawuru man, Patrick Dodson, 1967 referendum campaigner Shirley Peisley, Chairman of the Cape York Group, Noel Pearson and actor Jack Thompson.

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