It would appear that the backlash Yarra City Council (located in Inner Melbourne) received last week to its decision to cancel Australia Day festivals next year has not deterred other councils from following their actions.
This week Darebin Council, also in Inner Melbourne voted to dump Australia Day as well. This is a council that already engaged in various acts of social justice virtue signalling which includes the renaming of John Batman Park to Gumbri Park earlier this year.
It would appear that the federal government’s response to these decisions of stripping these councils of their authority to conduct citizenship ceremonies is one that is pretty limp wristed. These councils appear not be phased at all. It has been suggested the federal government should go further and strip these councils of federal funding completely unless they commit to only focusing essential local government services.
But now it seems this trend is spreading to other councils in the Greater Melbourne area, not just the Green/Socialist strongholds in Inner Melbourne. The next council to consider dumping Australia Day is Banyule City Council located in Melbourne’s north east. This is probably the most disturbing development so far as it begs the question is any council immune from heading down the social justice and politically correct road?
The Mayor of Banyule City Tom Melican is referring the matter to a committee and the council will consult with the community. He stressed that the consultation process will involve more than the 81 people who were consulted as party of Darebin’s decision. As if that makes cancelling the commemoration of the founding of modern Australia any less outrageous? A group of concerned citizens from Banyule City have already started a Facebook page to save Australia Day in the area.
It has been highlighted by commentator Andrew Bolt that these motions against Australia Day, the justification for which is they offend the local Indigenous population come from inner city councils with a significantly low indigenous population. Meanwhile the council areas which contain for example remote Indigenous communities appear not to have a problem with Australia Day.
Alice Springs Councillor Jacinta Price who has Indigenous heritage has called the Australia Day debate irrelevant to solving the real present-day problems Indigenous communities face “Why aren’t these people as concerned about the aboriginal people affected by domestic violence, alcohol and drug abuse?” It’s no surprise she has already become a target of leftist abuse for not fitting the leftist Indigenous narrative.
Another indigenous activist Uncle Gordon Workman has also spoken out against these councils highlighting the division it is causing in the community and putting back the goal of reconciliation. “This will create a divide; it’s a further nail in the coffin. Instead of bringing everybody together it’s just pulling everybody apart again.”
The left in Australia also feel empowered by these councils’ actions to demand further rewriting and denying of Australian history. Stan Grant wants the inscription on the statue of Capitan James Cook in Sydney changed as he claims that stating that he discovered Australia offends Indigenous people. They are clearly following what the left is doing in the United States with their demands for the removal of Confederate statues. Most of these demands are being accommodated.
It was previously thought that this rewriting of our history was just a problem with out of touch, unaccountable local governments and all we needed to do was reign in their authority. But as we are now seeing it is part of a wider movement in western countries to make us ashamed of our history and to slander our historical figures by holding them to same standards that we hold people today. Did historical figures have flaws? Of course, no one is perfect. But those people helped build many of the free and prosperous western nations that people of all races and cultures enjoy today.
The left has been wanting to deconstruct western society for many years, but their progress is now reaching alarming levels. Australians thankfully have always taken pride in their nation, let’s stop these assaults on Australian Day and our history in its tracks.