In 2020 it is clear that overall we have won the battle to save Australia Day. However, the Melbourne CBD on Australia Day appears still to belong to the Invasion Day/Abolish Australia Day protestors with patriot activists and reporters arrested, detained and moved on from the area.
Federal Labor under Anthony Albanese now supports Australia Day being on January 26 when Governor Arthur Phillip raised the British flag at Sydney Cove in 1788. Labor frontbencher Tanya Plibersek has also called for Australian schoolchildren to take the pledge of allegiance.
Under a new federal government policy, local councils must hold Australian citizenship ceremonies on Australia Day or they will have their authority to hold citizenship ceremonies at all revoked.
The Invasion Day protest in Melbourne is organized by the Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance whose slogan and hashtag this year was pay the rent. They begin with speeches outside Victoria’s Parliament House at 11am and then march through the Australia Day parade route for another round of speeches at the intersection between Flinders Street and Swanston Street.
On Australia Day 2019 patriot activist Ricky Turner stood on the steps of Flinders Street station draped in Australian flag as the Invasion Day protestors approached. He was dragged to the ground and almost lynched until Victoria Police officers escorted him away from the angry mob.
On Australia Day 2020 Neil Erikson attempted to emulate his mate Ricky’s previous Flinders Street stand draped in an Australian flag but was told to move on by Victoria Police for breach of the peace. He refused and so was arrested and detained and driven across town in the back of a police wagon.
The Proud Boys also stood on the steps of Flinders Street station wearing blue ‘Governor Arthur Phillip Did Nothing Wrong’ shirts holding up placards featuring the Australia flags. After a ten minute standoff with various Victoria Police officers, they were moved on again under breach of peace provisions.
TR.News reporter Avi Yemini attempted to interview Invasion Day marchers. However, once he encountered Yelling at Racist Dogs led by Tom Tanuki Victorica Police handcuffed and escorted him out for breach of the peace and also for ‘his own protection’.
The Invasion Day protestors managed only to get significant and sympathetic media coverage from government-funded media broadcasters ABC, SBS, NITV and 3CR.
The rest of the commercial media, with the fresh knowledge that the quiet Australians to the tune of 71% of the population support Australia Day on January 26 focused on the celebrations throughout the day and honouring community heroes such as our volunteer firefighters.
The Melbourne CBD on Australia Day, Flinders Street Station and Federation Square being national landmarks should always be a place where you can openly and safely celebrate being Australian. Yet the Victorian Government and Police permit the loud minority of anti-Australian activists to take over one of our major cities on our national day.