Losing The Argument About Australia Day? Lefties Throw Another Tantrum

Australia Day brings Australians together, whatever their origins.

Opinion polls released yesterday show that almost nobody in Australia agrees with the left about changing the date of Australia Day. So, what do they do? Try to put forward reasoned arguments for their case? Accept defeat?

No. They have a tanty and wreck stuff. As usual.

Captain Cook statue vandalised

A statue of Captain James Cook and a sculpture commemorating explorers Burke and Wills’ journey to Australia’s interior have been defaced in Melbourne’s CBD on the eve of Australia Day.

This is beyond stupid, even for the left. Neither Captain Cook nor Burke and Wills were involved in the event that Australia Day commemorates: the arrival of the First Fleet at Port Jackson, and the raising of the British Flag there.

Time and again, the left parade their historical ignorance.

The Burke and Wills sculpture was vandalised with green paint and the word “stolen” daubed on it.

Burke and Wills never “stole” anything. They were explorers, not conquerors, or settlers.

Tensions surrounding the date of Australia Day have escalated in the lead up to January 26, with some indigenous groups claiming the date represents a day of invasion and dispossession.

“Some indigenous groups”: in other words, the usual crowd of professional whingers and urban “Aboriginal activists”. As several other indigenous spokespeople have said, most Aborigines just don’t care. It’s not even an issue.

Meanwhile, nearly every other Australian cares very much:

A recent poll found 70 per cent of Australians do not want the date of Australia Day changed, and that 11 per cent believed the date should be moved.

This overwhelming support for Australia Day is even stronger among the groups whom the left usually champion: immigrants and refugees. Polling shows that 80% of new migrants and refugees favoured Australia Day. The reason?

“Almost three-quarters … said the Australia Day celebrations helped them to feel more welcome.”

This is the fact of Australia Day which contradicts the whole leftist raison d’être for their anti-Australia Day campaign. The left claim it is “divisive” – but, as the sentiments expressed by new migrants shows, it’s actually a unifying moment for Australians.

All around Australia, citizenship ceremonies are held on Australia Day, showing our newest citizens that they are now part of the family. As the polling shows, overwhelmingly these new citizens are proud, and want to celebrate becoming Australians.

Indeed, even the Patriot Blue nationalist group have announced their intention to show up to an Australia Day citizenship ceremony at Moreland council – which recently voted to scrap such celebrations. “We want to welcome the new citizens at Moreland City Council,” spokesperson Neil Erikson said.

The dichotomy was starkly illustrated at anti-Australia Day protests last year. On one side was a multiracial sea of faces happily waving Australian flags. On the other, a small, noisy rent-a-crowd of disruptive activists.

Contrary to leftist delusions, Australia Day is a unifying date. Any day which can bring a group like Patriot Blue out to welcome immigrants as new citizens deserves to be celebrated, not reviled.

But, of course, the left will refuse to accept that almost no-one agrees with them.

So, instead, they’ll just smash stuff and intimidate everyone, to try and get their way.

– The Australian

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