Top Australian leaders distance themselves from controversial national holiday

calls for the abolition of australia day The country has reached a peak after several public figures chose to distance themselves from the controversial public holiday. British settle down,

Strong messages against observing the annual January 26 holiday have come in from all quarters, including from a top executive of the Australian women’s cricket team, a telecommunications giant. Australian Open and a radio jockey.

government of Victoria The state has gone a step further and completely scrapped the annual parade celebrating it.

“We recognize that Australia Day is a day of mourning and reflection for some Victorians and a challenging time for First Peoples,” a Victorian government spokesperson was quoted as saying by SBS News.

A large part of the Indigenous community in Australia sees 26 January as the day the genocide against them began.

Vicki Brady, chief executive of Australian telecommunications company Telstra, said she would work that day and insisted the choice remained “a personal one”.

Ms Brady said she would take another day off – an option also available to other workers across the country.

“I’m proud that at Telstra, our people can now choose January 26 as a public holiday, or work on that day and request an alternative day off,” she posted.

“I will choose to work and take a different day of vacation with my family because it feels right for me. For others, a different approach will feel right — and that’s okay.”

The Australian women’s cricket team announced that they will wear indigenous kits in support of their indigenous teammate Ashley Gardner.

Gardner recently called 26 January a “day of hurt and mourning” for Indigenous Australians.

The T20I game, initially scheduled for January 27 in Canberra, was rescheduled for a national holiday in Hobart after South Africa abandoned the men’s one-day series.

The players are expected to wear indigenous jerseys, wristbands and indigenous colored socks, 7 Sports reports.

“We’re going to try to use the opportunity to educate ourselves and try to have a better understanding of what it means and their culture,” said Meg Lanning, captain of the national women’s team.

The Australian Open also announced its decision not to celebrate Australia Day.

“We are mindful that there are different views and at the Australian Open we are inclusive and respectful of all,” Tennis Australia said.

“We acknowledge the historical significance and deep spiritual connection of our First Peoples to this land and recognize this with Welcome to Country on the stadium screens before both day and night sessions.”

Radio host Jackie O’Henderson has called for the date to be changed to celebrate Australia Day, as she told co-host Kyle Sandilands she wanted to celebrate her country without being “ashamed”.

“I want to be able to celebrate Australia because I love this country and I’m really patriotic,” she said.

“I want to be able to do it in a way I’m not ashamed of doing it so I’m more than happy to change the date.”

Earlier in September, however, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said his government had no plans to change the date of Australia Day celebrations.

“I would say, let’s focus on recognizing the fact that our country’s birth certificate should proudly acknowledge that we did not start in 1788, which is celebrated on January 26,” he had said.