Dan Sultan clashes with George Brandis, Jacqui Lambie over Australia Day date on Q&A – Australia News

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August 29, 2017 15:40:45

Indigenous songwriter Dan Sultan has clashed with Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie and Attorney-General George Brandis on Q&A over the date of Australia Day, saying it “has always been racist” and should be moved.

Sultan has been outspoken on the topic of changing the date, releasing a song with A.B. Original called January 26, which made it to number 16 in triple j’s Hottest 100 last year and focused on Australia Day celebrations.

When asked if a national day of celebration was necessary at all, he said although it was a good idea, the date should be recognised as one “that started the ongoing genocide of our people”.

“I think there are many days throughout our history that include everybody, and I think it’s important that a day called Australia Day includes all Australians,” he said.

“The fact of the matter is that it doesn’t include us, it excludes us. It excludes anyone who has any type of sympathy or empathy towards our story which is a hell of a lot of Australians. To call it Australia Day is wrong.

“It’s a complicated issue but also very simple as well. Does it include everyone or doesn’t it? No, it doesn’t. Don’t call it Australia Day.”

But Senator Brandis defended the national day, saying it was “about celebrating the Australian achievement”.

“There is a natural logic about the 26th of January as the point in time at which the Australia we now recognise, modern Australia, had its…

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