Jackie O Henderson has weighed in on the calls to vary the date of Australia Day, saying she helps an alternative choice to January 26.
Ms Henderson advised co-host Kyle Sandilands that she wished to rejoice this nation with out feeling “shamed”.
“I want to be able to celebrate Australia because I love this country and I am really patriotic,” Ms Henderson stated.
“I want to be able to do it in a way I don‘t feel shamed about doing it so I’m more than happy to change the date.”
The debate over whether or not or not a celebratory public vacation must be held on January 26 to commemorate the arrival of Sir Arthur Phillip and the First Fleet at Sydney Cove has fiercely raged for a number of years.
Large elements of the Indigenous group view January 26 because the date the start of genocide.
Those who view the day as ‘Invasion Day’ are anticipated to take to the streets in protest, calling on both the date to be modified or for Australia Day to be abolished fully, whereas others shall be donning the Australian flag and celebrating.
“If you change the date, it is not hurting you personally but by not changing the date, it is hurting a lot of people,” Ms Henderson continued.
Companies have responded to the calls to vary the date by permitting staff to work and swap the general public vacation for a time off of their selecting.
Employees at Telstra, Channel 10, Woolworths, BHP, Deloitte and KPMG are amongst those that can entry the ‘swap the date’ scheme.