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Australia Day is the official National Day of Australia. Celebrated annually on 26 January, it marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove by Governor Arthur Phillip.
A third Melbourne council is planning to scrap Australia Day celebrations. Banyule Council in Melbourne's north-east will refer the matter to a committee and consult with the community before a potential vote on the plan.
But a growing number of indigenous elders have criticised moves to shift Australia Day, describing it as unhelpful and divisive. 'Local government people need to pull back a bit on this because the only way that could be changed if for the Commonwealth Government and put it to a referendum,' Indigenous elder Dr Robert Isaacs told Sky News.
The Turnbull government yesterday stripped the north Melbourne council of its power to hold citizenship ceremonies after it voted to move its Australia Day celebrations and awards ceremony from January 26 to an alternative date.
Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Alex Hawke announced the move a week after the government revoked the same powers from the neighbouring City of Yarra. “The Greens political party will not be allowed to hijack Australia Day through a small group of Greens-controlled local councils. The overwhelming majority of Australians support Australia Day remaining on January 26,” Mr Hawke said yesterday.
Club president Sandra Winfield says the club did not want to offend or upset anyone.
Ms Winfield said the flag was chosen as it represented the stereotype of the American south, “good southern values, hospitality, loyalty and being family orientated”.
originally posted by: CaptainBeno
You forgot about Fremantle in WA.
I'm at a loss why I should say sorry (Yes, here we go) for something that I didn't do 200 plus years ago to people unaffected by what happened 200 years ago?
I've been an Australian for 19 years (Originally a Pom)
What the hell has what happened 200 years ago got to do with me today? I want to celebrate being Australian, not whine about the past and have to apologise?
Do Germans applogise to me every time I bump into one. "Oh Hi Benno, sorry mate for killing your family a few years back" ......................seriously. It's gone too far?!
originally posted by: scubagravy
a reply to: Kalixi
Good thread mate !
I cant believe this is happening..... and now statues are a target too....
Australia is losing its identity. .
originally posted by: Azureblue
a reply to: Kalixi
People, we must have all seen this coming from miles away. One cannot watch a ball rolling along the ground with realizing that where its coming from will point to where its going.
This is only the beginning.
This destruction of national identity and national pride by suppression of free speech under the guise of tolerance and political correctness, is a global agenda item. Its underway in the US, the UK and Europe big time and it will not stop here unless we the people make it stop.
The best way to stop councils exceeding their power is to research and learn that local councils have no legitimacy under the Australian Commonwealth Constitution and they should be nothing more than a state government department like the health department or the education department.
When you have learnt this knowledge tell everyone you know and write about it locally as much as you can.
"If minorities prefer Sharia law, then we advise them to go to those places where that’s the state law. Russia does not need minorities. Minorities need Russia and we will not grant them special privileges, or try to change our laws to fit their desires, no matter how loud they yell ’Discrimination.” - Vladimir Putin
That quote is going on my facebook page, yes, I now have one, until Adolf zuckerburg wipes it.
originally posted by: Kalixi
a reply to: scubagravy
What I loved about America when travelling through was the outright pride that many felt about their country. In some neighbourhoods a flag hangs from every house. Australia isn't like that. I remember an old neighbour who was a war veteran had an Aussie flag hanging from a pole in his front yard. It got stolen 5 or 6 times and either cut up or burnt remains left on his lawn the next day. He was defiant for a while but in the end they won. The last time they did it he caught them ran out into the front yard at night to confront them. He tripped down the driveway chasing them and was hospitalised and eventually shoved into a nursing home. The flag stealers turned out to be white uni students. Old enough to know better and white enough to hold onto a lot of white guilt. Still makes me angry thing about it.
It seems like a few grass-roots (aka Astroturf) movements have jumped on the white guilt train and are really pushing for a destabilisation of our National Identity and divisiveness in the country.