‘It’s really not a fair fight’

“It’s not like I have the power to dictate the way he dresses or the way his clothing is dyed,” he said.

“I think it’s very important to say that.

I think it is a matter of public decency.”

But a source close to Mr Newman said the politician was still a “very public figure”.

“He has always been very public about his politics and has never been shy about it,” the source said.

“But the real issue is that it’s not fair.

It’s not the right thing to do to have a young boy wearing an Adidas shirt with a different colour to the one he’s wearing in public.”

A source close with Mr Newman told the ABC Mr Newman was in a very vulnerable situation and had been in contact with his wife who was on a flight back from Turkey and had asked for his advice.

“It’s about what’s best for the children,” he explained.

Mr Newman has previously been in the spotlight for comments about being sexually assaulted by his former teacher.

He denied any wrongdoing and said he was a victim of a “deliberate smear campaign”.

“The real issue here is that this has been a calculated smear campaign that’s been orchestrated by the media and that’s not just targeting me, it’s targeting the children who are watching,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne’s Breakfast program.

But he insisted he would never stop campaigning for his young son, who is now seven.

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