Australians should ‘not divide and antagonise’ around past memories

Sky News host Chris Smith says the descendants of the first fleet should reach out and “unite black and white” rather than “divide and antagonise” memories of the past.

“What an Australia Day that would be,” Mr Smith said.

It comes as federal Greens MP Lidia Thorpe called for the Aboriginal flag to be flown at half-mast on what she called “invasion day” in a column for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.

“Those attending Invasion Day Dawn services should also consider wearing black to symbolise mourning. The countless injustices Aboriginal people have faced began on January 26th 1788, but they continued today,” Ms Thorpe said.

Her impassioned plea though comes as the Institute of Public Affairs released a poll which shows that 69 per cent of those surveyed believe Australia Day should be celebrated on January 26.

Mr Smith said none of the evidence matters to Ms Thorpe who “loves stirring the pot”.

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