Whether you agree with the day or not it is a national public holiday - just like Christmas and Easter. Do those thoughts then extend to people who are not Christian and don’t celebrate Easter and Christmas?
The Australian Media Diary under the heading ‘January 26 is January 26’: Ten boycotts Australia Day
In an internal note sent to her key programming and editorial staff last week, and obtained by Diary, Ten’s forthright chief content officer Beverley McGarvey has panned Australia Day as “not a day of celebration”.
In a letter signed off by McGarvey, and co-signed by Ten’s chief commercial officer Jarrod Villani last week, the Ten boss started off by abruptly refusing to name January 26 as “Australia Day”. In the internal email, McGarvey poses herself the question: “What name does Paramount ANZ call January 26?”, and answers her own interrogation with an emphatic two-word reply: “January 26.”
“At Paramount ANZ we aim to create a safe place to work where cultural differences are appreciated, understood and respected,” she says. “For our First Nations people, we as an organisation acknowledge that January 26 is not a day of celebration. We recognise that there has been a turbulent history, particularly around that date and the recognition of that date being Australia Day.”
It goes on to say that employees have the option to take holiday on Jan 26 or on another day.
“Whether you choose to work on January 26 or take the public holiday, we ask that you reflect and respect the different perspectives and viewpoints of all Australians.”
They’ve given staff the option to work if they wish and substitute the holiday for a different day, something that a lot of businesses have moved towards (allowing staff to choose the holidays they wish to have off).
My employer offers the same option - but I can’t work out which holidays to substitute for Hamburgular’s Birthday (x2, but has to be a Wednesday and a Monday) and the Feast of Maximum Occupancy