Troy Cassar-Daley must still be a celebrity because his political views are now national news.
Typically, he wants Australia Day to change.
His proposal is that it be renamed ‘Unity Day’, presumably because he thinks naming something after ‘Australia’ is inherently divisive. I’m not even going to pretend that it makes sense, but there it is.
From today’s Daily Telegraph:
“I don’t think moving the date makes much difference,” Cassar-Daley said. “If that’s the date Captain Cook arrived you can’t change history or send him home. I think to find a unique day that celebrates everyone’s diversity would be cool. That’s the only reason I think you’d try to find another day. For me, I want unity. I want people to come together. Let’s find a day that’s neutral for everyone and let’s celebrate as people who live in this great country.”
Now, I know it is a post-truth world and that fake news abounds, but someone should reach out to Troy and tell him to bone up on the facts.
Australia Day does not mark the anniversary of Captain Cook’s arrival on Australian shores. That occurred on 19 April 1770.
Australia Day marks the arrival of the First Fleet at Pork Jackson under the command of Governor Arthur Phillip on, you guessed it, 26 January 1788. It does this because that’s when the civilisation that built our laws, institutions, values, wealth, health and prosperity arrived here.
And we’re all better off as a result. That is worth celebrating.
Meanwhile, in completely unrelated news that should be related, it has now been revealed that NAPLAN testing will determine whether kids can read emojis.
Given the rumour-filled history curriculum, I can just see tomorrow’s celebrities submitting ‘essays’ on ‘Invasion Day’: