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SSM: George Brandis backs Macklemore for NRL Grand Final entertainment amid Tony Abbott criticism - ABC Online

US rapper Macklemore has found a seemingly unlikely ally in the classically trained legal mind of Attorney-General George Brandis. Key points: Brandis' says Abbott's comments about rapper are "bizarre"; Macklemore says he is getting "a lot of tweets ...and more »

Dutton: NRL creating precedent for social issues with Macklemore song - The Australian

Immigration minister Peter Dutton said the National Rugby League was creating a precedent for future social messages being part of the code if it allowed grand final entertainer Macklemore to promote gay marriage. Mr Dutton said the NRL, as the sponsor ...and more »

Macklemore's Same Love hits number 1 on iTunes amid NRL same-sex marriage controversy - ABC Online

Criticism from some conservatives opposed to the politics of Macklemore's Same Love has not dulled support for the hip-hop singer's pro-same-sex marriage song ahead of his performance at the NRL grand final. The track, which was written with Ryan Lewis ...and more »

Malcolm Turnbull warns Tony Abbott not to 'censor' free speech over Macklemore grand final show - ABC Online

Malcolm Turnbull has warned his predecessor Tony Abbott not to "censor" free speech, as politicians clash over rapper Macklemore's visit to Australia. Key points: Mr Turnbull said "I don't think we should go around censoring playlists"; Macklemore is ...and more »

Ray Hadley takes down Neil Mitchell over Macklemore dispute -

RAY Hadley has launched an astonishing attack on fellow broadcaster Neil Mitchell, calling him a “wanker” over an NRL grand final dispute. 2, 20172:46pm. Not happy.Source:News Corp Australia. BROADCASTER Ray Hadley has ...and more »

Macklemore Performs 'Same Love' At NRL Grand Final, And It was Glorious, And The World Didn't End - Huffington Post Australia

Macklemore played the NRL Grand Final. Macklemore was glorious at the NRL Grand Final. And the crowd absolutely loved it. Marriage equality supporters would have loved it too, especially when he sang the song "Same Love", which he'd promised to play, ...and more »

Macklemore's 'Same Love' Is Now #1 On The iTunes Charts After Marriage Equality Furore - Huffington Post Australia

Politicians, commentators and marriage equality opponents have been losing their collective minds at the thought of American rapper Macklemore performing his pro-diversity song 'Same Love' at the NRL grand final this weekend, but if their goal was to ...and more »

Macklemore pledges to donate Same Love earnings to same-sex marriage Yes campaign - ABC Online

US rapper Macklemore — who has become embroiled in Australia's same-sex marriage debate over his decision to perform his hit Same Love at the NRL grand final — has pledged to donate the Australian earnings of the hit single to the Yes campaign.and more »

NRL Grand Final About 4000 Seats Short Of A Sellout - Huffington Post Australia

The NRL Grand final was about 4,000 seats short of a sellout, with an official crowd of 79,722 at the 83,500-capacity ANZ Stadium. It was bad luck for NRL suits desperate to fill ANZ Stadium that the 2017 decider featured two out of Sydney teams ...and more »

No NRL grand final rainbow flag ban, confirms Sydney's Olympic stadium ahead of Macklemore performance - ABC Online

Sydney's Olympic stadium has clarified its position on rainbow flags at tonight's NRL grand final, saying flags and banners are permitted at the rugby league decider. There have been several media reports, amid the political controversy over music star ...and more »