Money well spent, or money to burn?

January 29, 2018

Aboriginal activist Tarneen Onus-Williams should step down as an executive member of Victoria’s Koorie Youth Council for a series of angry, divisive comments according to Former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett.

Today’s The Australian reports Onus-Williams, who called for Australia to be burnt to the ground during an incendiary ­address to a rally last Friday has been described as a hypocritical hater and faces calls to be dumped from her leadership role with a government-funded body.

At a rally outside Victoria’s Parliament House on Australia Day, 24-year-old Ms Onus-Williams, told the crowd: “We have not organised this to change the date. We have organised this to abolish Australia Day because f**k Australia. F**k Australia, I hope it f**king burns to the ground.’’ She later stood by the comments, saying that although they were intended metaphorically rather than literally, she wanted “everything, all the governments to fall apart”.

Australian Conservatives Legislative Councillor for Western Metropolitan region, Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins, said, “She sits on a state government funded council that receives half a million from Victorians every year! Another case of "money well spent" by the Victorian Government.”

Dr Carling-Jenkins has questioned who would support the statements made at the rally:

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