DFAT rejected notes encouraging “comprehensive” action on Australia Day


The Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is not an official document and should not disseminate a memo sent to staff prior to Australia Day to encourage indigenous Australians to act “inclusively”. It says that it was.

It will come later Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) and other media reported on January 26 an internal email instructing DFAT staff working on the Pacific issue to “educate” about the history of colonial Australia.

“Acknowledging the reality of their history and what this date means should not be left solely to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders,” the email reported.

“Some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Australians have different feelings about celebrating this day. Some think it’s a day of mourning, others think it’s a day. Some people use to show the survival of ongoing traditions and cultures. “

It was also revealed that DFAT staff said they felt “embarrassed” in the content of the email, which they believed was an “insult” to their intellect.

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Protesters will participate in the Australian Day “Invasion Day” demonstration in Sydney on January 26, 2022. (Photo courtesy of Steven Saphore / AFP)

In response to the report, DFAT Published clarification notes “This was not an official or approved document from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and should not have been distributed,” he said on Wednesday.

Australians are divided into approaches to Australia’s official National Foundation Day. This shows the declaration of British sovereignty over the east coast of the country.

On Thursday, thousands of people attended a national “Invasion Day” rally in Canberra to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy.

In Melbourne, protesters destroyed the statue of Captain Cook, a British explorer who discovered Australia, with red paint.

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Protesters will participate in the Australian Day “Invasion Day” demonstration in Sydney on January 26, 2022. (Photo courtesy of Steven Saphore / AFP)

However, despite increasing media coverage of Australian message polling by indigenous supporters over changing the National Foundation Day date, the majority of Australians need to change in a Roy Morgan vote. Shows that you don’t think it is Displaying 65% of Australians believe that January 26th should be considered Australia Day. This is a 6 percent increase from 2021.

But among people under the age of 30, the numbers were reversed and 64% considered it the day of the invasion.

Marina Chan contributed to the report.

Nina Nguyen

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Nina Nguyen is a Sydney-based Vietnamese reporter with a focus on Australian news. Contact her at [email protected]