I'm A Celebrity 2019: Jacqui Lambie Thinks Parliament Should Refuse To #ChangeTheDate
In a heated exchange, Jacqui Lambie attempted to convince campmates the movement to change the date of Australia Day was a “media beat-up”, but others weren’t having it.
Sitting in the middle of the South African jungle on the 26th of January, Jacqui Lambie realised it was technically Australia day.
Lambie has spoken in the past about her Indigenous heritage, which provoked Richard Reid to ask about Indigenous Australians and the growing movement to change the date.
“It’s not all the Indigenous at all,” Lambie butted in, “I mean how many different days do we have to have in the country? We gotta have a day for this, a day-- it’s like the veterans. How many bloody days do you want?”
Lambie continued, saying a “minority” want the date of Australia day changed, “It’s about time the Parliament had a backbone and said ‘No, enough’.”
The former senator also claimed the #ChangeTheDate and #ChangeTheNation campaigns are a result of a “media belt up”.
“I think the media belts it up a lot more than it needs to be belted up,” she said, “I’m sick of minorities too, to be honest with you, I’m just sick of us all bending over for minorities.”
While Lambie continued to rail against minorities she believed were “killing” the nation, back in Australia tens of thousands of Aussies attended rallies across the nation. Many feel the date of January 26 -- which marks the day Governor Arthur Phillip raised the British flag in 1788 -- should be moved to a date that doesn’t reflect the beginning of what has now been alternately called Invasion Day.
Calls from activists to change the date have now evolved into changing the nation, calling for action to prevent Indigenous deaths in custody, raising awareness of the recent rise in suicides among Indigenous youths and many other issues.
Lambie shrugged off claims that many Indigenous Australians are part of the movement to change the date saying, “Many of us… you know what, we’ve let it go, get on with it. To us, it’s celebrating an inclusion of everyone.”
Offering up a counter opinion, Sam Dastyari pointed out that the entire point of the #ChangeTheDate campaign is to be inclusive, rather than celebrating a day that for many Indigenous Australians is a day of mourning.
“The symbolism of it right -- white people came and put up a British flag and said ‘This land is ours now.’ And then that was the start of… genocide. There were elements of genocide there,” Dastyari said in response.
“If that is what that day now represents and symbolises then pick another day.”
Lambie remained unconvinced, rolling her eyes during Dastyari’s thoughts, with the pair agreeing to disagree.