PM Scott Morrison has called for a separate day to acknowledge the 60,000 years of indigenous history instead of a replacement to Australia Day.
Mr Morrison appeared on both the Today Show and Sunrise this morning, standing by his decision, shares news.com.au.
“That is the day the ships turned up. That is the day 60,000 years of history in this country moved into the most recent, modern form of our history,” the PM told Today.
“We can’t pretend it was some other day that that happened. That is the day it happened, and that is the day where we have to deal with everything and we have to embrace it all, warts and all, and accept our successes and acknowledge where we haven’t done so well.
“There are scars from things that have happened over the last 200 years and more, and we look at that like anyone looks at their entire life. I mean, it is not all perfect. It doesn’t always go the way you would want it to and our national day is an opportunity to reflect on all of that, but ultimately to be positive.”
On Sunrise, the PM said he suggested the date change because “you have a whole group of people trying to tear down Australia Day”.
“We don’t have to pull Australia Day down to actually recognise the achievements of indigenous Australians. The oldest living culture in the world,” he said.
“The two can coexist. Australia Day was the fulcrum point. That was the day that Australia changed forever. We can’t pretend it wasn’t that day.”
Public opinion is very divided going off the hundreds of comments on the Sunrise Facebook page.
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