‘Australia Day’ referencing dumped, Prime Minister Scott Morrison slams Cricket Australia

Tanya Simon
January 22, 2021

"We didn't have anything overtly jingoistic planned for Australia Day but we'll continue to refer to the day as Australia Day this year".

"On Australia Day, it's all about acknowledging how far we've come", Mr Morrison told reporters on Thursday.

'You know, when those 12 ships turned up in Sydney, it wasn't a particularly flash day for the people on those vessels either'.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has commented on the Australia Day debate.

There are three BBL games on the public holiday and CA are committed to ensuring the experience doesn't change for the masses who have always enjoyed a day long synonymous with hosting big time cricket.

The 26th of January will feature three BBL games: Brisbane Heat vs Perth Scorchers, Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers.

"I think Australian cricket fans would like to see Cricket Australia focus a lot more on cricket and a lot less on politics", he said. "Suffering is not a competition".

But the Prime Minister urged CA to steer clear of the culture wars.

"As the leader of the country, he has an example to set for the rest of the nation and he should know better".

One other of Morrison's critics - Labor MP Graham Perrett - additionally pointed on the market had been really exclusively 11 ships within the first fleet.

"Luckily our prime minister doesn't have an electorate connected with this event", Mr Perrett quipped.

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"I think that's pretty ordinary - that's what they're putting on their press releases - that would be my view", he said to radio station 4RO. A barefoot circle, welcome to country and smoking ceremony conducted by Aboriginal people will take place before some games.

Mel Jones, a former global cricketer who is a Cricket Australia director and co-chair of its Indigenous advisory committee, said Morrison's comments would not change the group's position.

Sydney Thunder pace bowler Brendan Doggett, who has Indigenous heritage, is firmly behind the plans.

"Ultimately I think if we got it right, people who have traditionally come to the cricket on that day and have had a ripping day shouldn't notice anything different".

"It's a day of mourning for first nations people and a growing group of allies to First Nations people and it's a day when a large number of members of our community actually do feel unsafe on that day".

CA are effectively conscious the problem is a delicate one and are determined for it to not show divisive, however need to encourage speak in regards to the difficulty.

Mr Morrison, however, labelled the decision by Cricket Australia "ordinary".

According to the governing body's diversity and inclusion manager Adam Cassidy, the decision was about promoting "a safe and inclusive environment for everybody".

Morrison's authorities has since modified the phrases of the anthem, eradicating a reference to the nation being "young and free", amid issues the present wording overlooks the historical past of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander those who stretches again tens of 1000's of years.

There are calls to change the date of Australia Day, while others argue it should be abolished entirely.

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