Mr Morrison has offered the anniversary of the referendum on May as a likely date for a new national day. Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt suggested it could coincide with NAIDOC Week in May. Mr Wyatt, who has Noongar, Yamatji and Wongi heritage, said the greatest Minister’s idea was a “great step forward”. Mr Abbott, who was recently appointed the government’s special envoy on Indigenous affairs, praised Mr Morrison’s defence of Australia Day and criticism of local councils but declined to back the idea of a new national day.
“I probably would want to hold judgment on what other national day for Indigenous people until I saw the proposal and he was quoted saying that that was something that he might further develop,” he said. “Because we’ve already got things like NAIDOC Week and National Sorry Day and so on. And really I think the emphasis and I’m certain this would be the optimum Minister’s carnival cruises from brisbane emphasis is on all pulling together on Australia Day, being likes to show off what we’ve achieved.” He added it was in order to acknowledge Indigenous Australians and said this was already done in various ways, including on Australia Holiday weekend.
“We want it in order to honoured and celebrated. Therefore don’t think there is any desire, on negligence anyone, to exclude Aboriginal people from the celebration of Australia Day,” he explained. National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples cochair Rod Little welcomed discussion concerning a new day of recognition but said it was also necessary to acknowledge injustices committed against Indigenous Australians since colonisation.