Peta Credlin’s Australia Day caution: Why today will be the LAST time Aussies mark January 26th if the country choose a Native Voice to Parliament in 2023: ‘The transformation is coming’
- Prominent broadcaster, author states 2023 might be last Australia Day
- Ms Credlin alerted the Voice to Parliament would to alter date
- She composed argument in column for The Australian paper
Today could be the country’s final ‘Australia Day’ to be held on January 26, according to Peta Credlin.
The political commentator believes that if the Indigenous Voice to parliament is passed in a referendum, which could be held by mid August, its first act could be to push for the national holiday to be abolished or moved.
Even if Australia Day is reimagined on a different date and more in line with respecting Indigenous Australia’s ancestral claim to the land, it could be unrecognisable.
Make sure you enjoy his Australia Day, because according to Peta Credlin it could easily be our last
Counter protesters show their support for Australia Day at an Invasion Day Rally in Sydney on Thursday
‘Were the Voice to have its way, as the Prime Minister says it normally should, any future Australia Day is much more likely to be celebrated on the anniversary of (a new) treaty …. between the Australian government and First Nations,’ Credlin speculated in an opinion piece for The Australian.
While the proposed Voice doesn’t have the power to force the issue by writing laws or managing programs it still has a powerful role. It would have ‘a responsibility … to advise the Australian Parliament and Government on national matters of significance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’.
For this reason Credlin thinks Australia Day would quickly become a target for the Voice to Parliament.
Achieving the end to the January 26 version of Australia Day, although still a popular holiday with many Aussies, would be regarded as a big nod to the Voice’s mandate.
‘While Anthony Albanese continues to say he doesn’t want to change the date of Australia Day, I sense a ploy,’ Credlin wrote in The Australian..
‘He’s signalling to activists ‘just bide your time, the revolution is coming’. But it’s not just the date that’s up for grabs.
‘It’s quite possible a voice representation could be that Australia Day shouldn’t be celebrated at all.’
In practice, the Voice is likely be a group which would advise the federal government and parliament on Indigenous policy matters such as health, education, economic disadvantage and social problems
Ms Credlin was damning of the Labor party’s loss of national spirit since the Hawke and Keating era, when those leaders wanted to strengthen recognition of Australia Day
Every year, Australia Day is the subject to large Invasion Day protests on the streets of the nation’s capitals – with the push to change the date seemingly swelling year on year.
Ms Credlin wrote that the Voice to parliament could use the emotive argument that many Indigenous people mourn the date, which marks the landing of the First Fleet at Botany Bay.
The referendum is expected to be on a simple question, such as ‘Do you support an alteration to the Constitution that establishes an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice?’
The wording for that question was drafted by the Albanese government and revealed by the Prime Minister late last year.
Mr Albanese has previously said any future version of Australia Day is much more likely to be celebrated on the anniversary of a treaty between the Australian government and First Nations.
Invasion Day rallies are now common across Australia. Protesters are pictured at one on Thursday in Sydney
Such an agreement could be years away.
In practice, the Voice is likely be a group which would advise the federal government and parliament on Indigenous policy matters such as health, education, economic disadvantage and social problems.
It could not veto any government decisions and will have no power to deliver programs.
Overall the purpose of the Voice is to improve the representation of Indigenous Australians at the highest levels.