Bill Shorten's oddball moment

January 24, 2019

Labor leader Bill Shorten has dismissed efforts by some politicians to protect January 26 as the date of Australia Day, saying it was "a bit odd".

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The Advertiser reports, Mr Shorten said, "I'm getting a bit over the Australia Day debate. I think the nation is ... I do find it a bit odd that the government sometimes gets so obsessed about what I call these 'straw man' issues.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, a leading conservative figure in the coalition government, said he had "no problem" with the proposal to protect the date.

"Australia Day is a celebration for all of us. There are 16,000 people from about 150 different countries who will become Australian citizens on the 26th," Mr Dutton said.

"It is a significant date for Australians. It doesn't mean that we need to neglect the indigenous history of our country. We celebrate that. But Australia Day is a significant national day for our country. People come to our country to flee violence, to have their kids educated, to grow up in a civil society like ours and we shouldn't be afraid to celebrate it."

Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi has told Flow FM we should all take action to celebrate Australia Day.

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