Australia Day is being Cancelled by Stealth.
Every passing year brings with it a familiar chorus of voices clamouring for the cancellation of Australia Day, creating a cacophony of dissent that echoes through the public discourse. The fervour behind these calls seems to emanate from a desire to reshape the national narrative, with critics often pointing fingers at the elites within the Labor party and public service as the instigators of this movement.
In the aftermath of the failure to establish a designated Indigenous Voice, it appears that a new strategy has emerged—one that seeks to subtly erode the significance of Australia Day. This covert approach involves a gradual dismantling of the foundations of national pride and identity, with Anthony Albanese emerging as a central figure in this shift.
Albanese’s actions have been pivotal in undermining the sanctity of Australia Day. By lifting protections that mandated ceremonies on the historic date of 26 January, he has opened the door for a more flexible interpretation of the national celebration. A particularly unprecedented move is the allowance for public servants in Canberra to independently choose their public holiday—a departure from Australia’s historical traditions.
The influence of Albanese extends beyond national borders, as evidenced by his appointment of Stephen Smith as the High Commissioner to the UK. The cancellation of the Embassy’s annual Australia Day Events under the pretext of “cultural sensitivities” adds another layer to the subtle assault on the national day.
In the wake of these developments, local councils, emboldened by Albanese’s perceived acquiescence, are taking increasingly audacious steps. Australia Day ceremonies are being cancelled, and there are reports of attempts to replace the national flag, an emblem deeply intertwined with the country’s identity and history.
This trajectory of eroding national symbols and traditions is concerning, and it is a call to action for those who hold a deep affection for their country. The rallying cry is clear: proud Australians who cherish their nation, its special day, and the symbolic importance of the flag must stand up and be counted. Otherwise, the encroachment on cherished traditions may continue unabated, leading to a fundamental reshaping of the cultural fabric of Australia.