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11 Responses To Australia Day That Will Make You Say "Come On, Mate"

"It would be nice if 97% of the population could have just one Aborigine-free day... "

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1. News Corp columnist Peter Moore wants "just one Aborigine-free day" to celebrate Australia.

This is not a satirical piece.

The article was later edited to remove the words "Aborigine-free".

3. SnapChat's Americanised take on the national day didn't quite hit the mark...

Does Snapchat know it's summer in Oz? No one is roasting marshmallows. It's 31 degrees and there's a fire ban.


WTF are these people cooking on that BBQ Shapchat? Also, fireworks are illegal. This isn't 4th July.

4. But it's nowhere near as bad as this atrocity from Sydney Trains.

G'day Mates! Sammy tweeting your #AustraliaDay updates. Remember: leave the car at home! Train easier than chucking…


5. Deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce resorted to insulting people who want to change the date, calling them "miserable gutted people" who should "crawl under a rock".

"They don't like Christmas, they don't like Australia Day, they're just miserable gutted people and I wish they would crawl under a rock and hide for a little bit," he told 2GB.

"This is Australia Day and if you don't like it, I don't know mate, go to work, do something else."

6. And Liberal senator James McGrath doesn't even want to have a conversation about it.

Australia Day is staying on 26 January. Period. Here is my media release on the issue. #auspol #AustraliaDay


7. "Female artist makes the top 10" is STILL a Hottest 100 bingo category.

Like you need help getting drunk today: enjoy our #Hottest100 bingo!

8. This pun should not be allowed.

Don't "flag" in the heat. Hydrate! Warm wishes on Australia day 🇦🇺

11. And finally... Kevin Donnelly, who once reviewed the Australian school curriculum for the federal government, made this extraordinarily circular argument.

This sentence, written in a defence of Australia Day on January 26, will take a lot of beating for dumbest thing on…

Of course, if the Brits hadn't declared Australia terra nullius (or "nobody's land") in the first place, Mabo wouldn't have been needed.

Lane Sainty is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney, Australia.

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