ABC Indigenous Affairs Editor Sparks Controversy with Australia Day Comments

Are we wrong in thinking we can no longer say the words, “I love my country and am proud to be an Australian.”

In a recent interview on ABC’s News Breakfast program, Indigenous Affairs editor Bridget Brennan sparked controversy by acknowledging Australia Day as an “important day” for First Nations people. Brennan expressed the significance of the day in remembering ancestors and those who fought for decades to improve living standards for Indigenous communities, emphasising that Australia always was and always will be Aboriginal land.

In this case, the UK always was and always will be the land of its original inhabitants, the colonials. So anyone else who have migrated there from the Vikings right through to many other countries of mixed cultures of today should not be treated equally and be able to say ‘I love my country’.

When is everyone who lives on this wonderful land of Australia, going to realise that it will always be wonderful only if we live together in harmony. When is Ms Brennan and others like her going to be a proud Australian.

Despite Brennan’s attempt to provide a perspective on the day from an Indigenous viewpoint, her comments have ignited a wave of backlash on social media. Critics argue that such sentiments have no place on a taxpayer-funded public broadcaster like the ABC, citing concerns about impartiality and fairness.

One vocal critic, Ms. Marcus, denounced Brennan’s remarks, asserting that the ABC correspondent should not use the platform for what she perceives as pushing propaganda. Marcus argues that the ABC, with its charter to be fair and impartial, should not be endorsing views that undermine national pride and historical acknowledgment.

Australia Day has been a topic of ongoing debate and reflection, with discussions centering on its historical implications and the need for inclusivity. The controversy surrounding Brennan’s comments highlights the challenges faced by media outlets in navigating discussions about national identity and history. As the debate continues, it raises questions about the role of public broadcasters in representing diverse perspectives and maintaining a balanced narrative in a multicultural society.

Sen Mack – Writer