Many countries have a National Day. Ours is tomorrow. Since tomorrow is a Saturday we also have a day off on Monday – a Commonwealth Public Holiday that the States can’t cancel, but make no mistake, whatever you call Monday, the real Austrayia Day is Saturday, tomorrow.
So far, so good. Austrayia Day is when we celebrate being a real you beaut nation of Bruces and Shelias who are friends with everybody. Well, that’s how it was until a few years back when the original owners (polite-speak) or whinging abos (get-you-thrown-in-the lock-up-speak) decided to rename it Invasion Day. “Not unreasonable, we get where your mob’s coming from” was most people’s reaction, “but strewth, mate, have your protests on some other day – there’s 364 others to choose from; now sling us another beer”.
Which would have probably been the end of it, but the left-wing, Chardonnay-Socialist, militant PC wowsers got hold of it and, like they usually do, wanted to make a fight of it and called everyone that didn’t agree with them a red-neck right wing Nazi racist. As they do. Worse, some of the far-left-wing local councils said last year that in solidarity with their conquered and oppressed brothers and sisters (huh?), they would no longer hold citizenship ceremonies on Austrayia Day.
Just to explain, citizenship ceremonies can be held at any time, but Austrayia Day had become favoured because it was an excuse to have a party within a party, and with often 40 or more different nationalities queuing up in their national dress to get their Aussie Certificate. The federal gubmint said if they didn’t, they’d lose the right to host citizenship ceremonies at any time. So there!
This year the PM has made it clear that such events will be held on the traditional day or else he’d have a hissy fit, rather like Trump’s had about his wall – but in Strine, of course.
Will tomorrow see explosions and civil unrest? I doubt it, but should it happen, The Chariot will be first with the news. 😎