Cricket Australia’s controversial Australia Day virtue-signalling appears to be just the beginning of an agenda increasingly out of step with the Australian public.
Cricket Australia has unveiled plans to include the Aboriginal flag on official apparel, drawing criticism as it continues to push a woke agenda at odds with the consensus of most Australians.
The national governing body, in collaboration with Reconciliation Australia, has spent the last five years developing a Reconciliation Action Plan that includes 104 ‘deliverables,’ such as installing ‘Acknowledgement of Country’ plaques in all facilities.
The plan also outlines a review of the use of the Australian flag on Cricket Australia apparel, considering the inclusion of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags.
This announcement follows a contentious interview by CEO Nick Hockley, defending Cricket Australia’s decision not to recognise Australia Day during a recent Test against the West Indies.
Australian cricket captain Pat Cummins has added fuel to the fire by advocating for a change in the date of Australia Day, sparking criticism from the sport’s core audience.
Military Cross recipient Michael von Berg, a combat soldier in the Vietnam War, has urged Cummins to stick to cricket rather than ‘virtue-signalling’ and engaging in divisive debates.
In contrast, public support for Australia Day persists, with a recent Roy Morgan Research poll revealing that 68.5% of Australians prefer January 26 to be known as ‘Australia Day,’ while 31.5% support the term ‘Invasion Day.’
The survey, conducted nationwide with over 1,000 participants, also indicates a divided opinion on changing the date, with 58.5% in favor of maintaining January 26 and just over two-fifths supporting a move.
This move by Cricket Australia aligns with a more radical agenda, stirring controversy and challenging the prevailing sentiment among the Australian public.