Just 81 residents called for Australia Day changes

Just 81 residents called for Australia Day changes, by Simone Fox Koob.

Melbourne’s City of Darebin faces accusations from the state government, several of its own councillors and a local Wurundjeri elder that it didn’t properly consult the community before it made radical changes to its Australia Day celebrations.

It emerged yesterday that the council’s community consultation was based on 81 responses to a survey issued to about 200 people.

The Turnbull government yesterday stripped the north Melbourne council of its power to hold citizenship ceremonies after it voted to move its Australia Day celebrations and awards ceremony from January 26 to an ­alternative date.

Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Alex Hawke announced the move a week after the government revoked the same powers from the neighbouring City of Yarra.

The Greens political party will not be allowed to hijack Australia Day through a small group of Greens-controlled local councils. The overwhelming majority of Australians support Australia Day remaining on January 26,” Mr Hawke said yesterday. …

The progressive lie:

A report delivered to council before the meeting cited an “overwhelming majority” of people were in favour of change, however the research was based on a survey of 81 people from 27 council advisory groups and the local Aboriginal Advisory Committee.

The City of Darebin is home to 146,719 residents, according to the 2016 census, with an indigenous population of 1162 or 0.8 per cent.

A number of submissions from the public were received but ruled to be “out of scope” with the engagement plan and therefore not considered before the vote….

Typical “we know best” attitude, aka “shoving it down the people’s throats”:

[Mayor] Ms Le Cerf backed the council processes yesterday, saying the issue was “too important to be subject to an opinion poll or consultation and we need to show leadership on behalf of our ­community”.

We can safely call “bullshit” on this one.