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 January 26

by Carolina

The question of whether the nation should change the date of Australia Day has become one of the country’s most contentious political issues.

And actress Pia Whitesell led the celebrity charge of stars who want to see the date moved from January 26.

The former Home and Away star, 38, shared a post to Instagram of the map of Australia printed with Indigenous artworks.

Speaking out: Celebrities including Pia Whitesell (pictured), Melissa Leong and Em Rusciano lead the charge of A-list stars who refused to celebrate Australia Day this year

‘Always was always will be,’ the post read.

MasterChef judge Melissa Leong also took to social media to campaign for a date change. 

‘Today is a day for us to amplify the voices of First Nations people. Not to speak for, but to stand in support of. Listen, learn, give,’ the 40-year-old wrote.

Change the date! MasterChef judge Melissa Leong (pictured) also took to social media to campaign for a date change

‘Today is a day for us to amplify the voices of First Nations people. Not to speak for, but to stand in support of. Listen, learn, give,’ the 40-year-old wrote on Instagram

‘Always was, Always will be.’ 

Meanwhile, Em Rusciano shared a post urging her fans to attend an Invasion Day rally.

‘It’s important to remember to not look to First Nations people to educate you about why today is not a day for celebration. Do the work yourself,’ she captioned the post.

Protest: Meanwhile, Em Rusciano (pictured) shared a post to urging her fans to attend an Invasion Day rally

Abbie Chatfield also revealed she’s supporting the date change by encouraging fans to attend protests around the country.

Former model Jodhi Meares weighed in, writing: ‘I live on Kutti land of the Cadigal People. I acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander People as the traditional custodians of this land,’ she wrote.

‘I respect elders past, present and emerging. CHANGE THE DATE ! #changethedate.’

‘It’s important to remember to not look to First Nations people to educate you about why today is not a day for celebration. Do the work yourself,’ she captioned the post

Meanwhile, I’m a Celebrity star Maria Thattil went on to share her feelings about the date. 

‘It’s a privilege to live on First Nations land – but of all the days to celebrate it, today marks the beginning of trauma, oppression, violence and genocide.’

‘It is not the day to celebrate, it’s a day to speak up.’ 

‘Change the date!’ Meanwhile, I’m a Celebrity star Maria Thattil went on to share her feelings about the date

The Bachelorette star Jarrod Woodgate’s girlfriend Sam Royce also urged her fans to not celebrate Australia Day.

‘For Allies. A First Nations Ally is someone who supports, empowers and stand up for Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people. With only 3% of the population, First Nations people need Allies to help change attitudes, behaviours and policies,’ she began her lengthy post.

‘For Indigenous people, tomorrow is an emotional day of mourning and commemorating the survival of elders past and present.

Post: Former model Jodhi Meares weighed in, pointing to research that said Aboriginal people could have been here for 80,000 years

‘Unfortunately, many of us didn’t receive a comprehensive education on Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander history, culture, stories and issues, let alone lessons on how to be a good Ally. It is not the role or responsibility of First Nations people to be burdened with educating us. This is our responsibility and it’s the least we can do.’ 

She continued: ‘So tomorrow, choose to be an Ally. It doesn’t matter if tomorrow is the first year you won’t be celebrating January 26 or it’s your twentieth year straight attending a survival day protest, tomorrow is your chance to respect Traditional Owners. Show up. Listen. Learn. Be better.’ 

On Tuesday, former Indigenous Bachelorette star Brooke Blurton also shared a selfie to Instagram, and appeared to protest the date.

‘Call all mob. Tomorrow is a big day for us. A day of anxiousness, pain, mourning. Self car is priority,’ she captioned the selfie.

‘Tomorrow is a big day for us’: On Tuesday, former Indigenous Bachelorette star Brooke Blurton also shared a selfie to Instagram, and appeared to protest the date

Views: The Bachelorette star Jarrod Woodgate’s girlfriend Sam Royce also urged her fans to not celebrate Australia Day

Jesinta Franklin, the model wife of Aboriginal AFL star Buddy Franklin, also threw her support behind the campaign to change the date of Australia Day.

The mother of two, 30, shared a post to Instagram on Tuesday telling her 374,000 followers the national holiday should not be a ‘day of celebration’.

‘January 26 is not a celebration for all Australians and is a date that marked the beginning of the genocide and massacres of the Indigenous population, the confiscation of their ancestral lands and banning of their culture,’ the post read. 

Speaking out: Jesinta Franklin (left), the model wife of Aboriginal AFL star Buddy Franklin (right), also threw her support behind the campaign to change the date of Australia Day

She shared several other posts about the Australia Day controversy, including a meme that read: ‘Just a reminder. We don’t celebrate genocide.’

Jesinta, who represented her country at the 2010 Miss Universe pageant, added in a personal note: ‘There’s no excuse for anyone in this country not to know why tomorrow, January 26, is a hurtful day to celebrate “Australia Day”.

‘If you are still unaware, I have linked some useful slides [on Instagram] that I hope you take the time to read.’

Repost: The mother-of-two, 30, shared this post to Instagram on Tuesday telling her 374,000 followers the national holiday should not be a ‘day of celebration’

Original posted at www.nation.lk

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