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Why January 26 matters

31 July 2017

7:30 AM

31 July 2017

7:30 AM

Symbolism and imagery are important for a nation. They are important as focal points where our history vividly comes to remembrance and when we are reminded what our country stands for. This often leads to a far deeper reflection of ourselves as individuals and our embrace of national identity and our place within the nation. It is no accident that the radical left constantly tears down those symbols and smear that imagery. For them, it is vitally import to disrupt our sense of self and to break down our national confidence. By destroying that which is universally sacred, they taint the communal memory and our shared inheritance.

In recent years we have seen radical groups protesting Australia Day. Often it is the usual suspects who will turn up to the “anti-anything” rallies. These people are generally not taken seriously by mainstream Australia and are viewed at best as misguided and at worst fools. However, this has now changed as a Brisbane branch of the Queensland ALP has put forward a motion to change the date of Australia Day at the Queensland State Conference in Townsville. What was once a curious discussion for social agitators is now a motion at a Labor Party conference.


This does not represent a growing view amongst the public for the radical views presented, rather it is an indication of the drift of our major parties from the values of mainstream Australia.

Australia Day is important to our people, our nation and to mainstream Australians and we need to resist any attempt to alter our history and destroy the symbols of our nationhood.

Stephen Cable writes at cablecritique.com and for Liberty Works

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