Australia’s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says he told the Adam Band to “rethink” his position after the leader of the left-wing Greens refused to stand in front of the Australian flag at a press conference.
Prior to the band’s press conference in Sydney on Monday, Greens staff set the Australian flag aside, but left the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders flags in front and in the center.
The band later explained to some Australians that the Australian flag “represents the confiscation and protracted suffering of colonization,” and added that it was usually removed at media conferences.
“Through treaties with indigenous peoples and by moving to the republic, we can have a flag that represents us all,” he said.
The move has been criticized by indigenous people and the band’s political opponents, including Philip Thompson’s shadow aide, who described the move as a “virtue of political stunts.”
Prior to a press conference with Greens leader Adam Band, Greens staff removed the Australian flag from a camcorder shot. #auspol pic.twitter.com/g524GbpKKH
— Isobel Roe (@isobelroe) June 20, 2022
Australian Prime Minister Albany took part in the dispute on Tuesday, saying the band was “extremely surprised by the comments.”
“I tell Mr. Band that he needs to think about what has happened so far and rethink his position … to promote unity and reconciliation,” he said. I told the group.
“I am very proud to always stand in front of the Australian flag. I think anyone who is a member of the Australian Parliament should do so,” said the Prime Minister.
“Reconciliation is about connecting people … if people want division rather than unity, it is compromised.”
“You shouldn’t use taxpayer-funded federal offices for press conferences,” Nationals Senator Matt Canavan told Sky News first edition if Greens was ashamed of the Commonwealth.
Cheap stunts should be ignored
Former Labor Senator Stephen Conroy said the move was one of the tactics to get the attention of Greens leaders.
“After the election, he truly believed that he would be a minister, but he really believed that he would reach out to the rule of power. He suffers deeply and deeply about it,” he said. Sky news australia on tuesday.
“Frankly, he should ignore him because he has to keep doing these cheesy and pathetic stunts to try to pay attention to himself.”
Meanwhile, when asked about the government’s approach to indigenous issues, Albanese said he would advocate a “constitutional amendment” by forming an indigenous organization in Congress.
“The truth is that Australia didn’t start in 1788. We should be proud of the fact that our continuing culture dates back at least 65,000 years,” he said.
This requires a constitutional amendment, and indigenous leader Warren Mundin warns that there is a risk of “prioritizing one race over another.”
“It is dangerous to speak out to our Constitution because we want all citizens to be treated equally. When you put it in the body of the Constitution, it is discriminatory and racist. It could be something like that, “he told the era on May 25.
“If you put something in the Constitution, it’s very difficult to get it out, and if it doesn’t work, we’re stuck with it.”