Rod Little from the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples welcomed discussion among the new national day, but said it needed to be able to accompanied by “truth telling” about historical injustices. “There are lots of bad things that have happened in these years since colonisation and we’re still feeling the effects of that,” he said. Acting Labor leader Tanya Plibersek demanded more details, saying “We can’t have a conversation harbour cruises sydney based on a plan bubble in the media”. Government frontbencher Ken Wyatt, an Aboriginal man from Western Australia, described the idea of an Indigenous day as “a great step forward” and suggested holding the wedding during NAIDOC Week in July.
“This is something I’d raised previously with a former prime minister,” he stated. “NAIDOC Week has been a great week in Australian society.” Mr Wyatt said Australia Day should be left on January considering the day was “not about the settlement of this country anymore”. “It equals us as a nation, us to be a people, and the melting pot associated with an society that is working closely to construct this nation,” he said. Special Envoy for Indigenous Affairs Tony Abbott withheld judgment on the proposal.
“Because we’ve already got things like NAIDOC week and national Sorry Day and so on,” Mr Abbott told Sydney radio station GB. But he congratulated Mr Morrison for his “attack on those leftie, greenie, guiltridden councils that somehow think Australia Day is really a day of shame, rather than just a day of pride”. Authorities has stripped Byron Shire Council with the right to hold citizenship ceremonies after the local government moved its Australia Day ceremony forward with a day. Mayor Simon Richardson defended the council’s decision to “move a ceremony about hours to reflect history and show some respect to all Australians”.