ABC facing backlash for 'Invasion Day' promotion

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Broadcasting network the ABC has faced heavy backlash for promoting big ticket “Australia Day/Invasion Day events” in an online article and on Twitter – including a planned Sydney Invasion Day rally set to go ahead at the Domain.

New South Wales Police Minister David Elliott slammed the taxpayer-funded network for the advertisement, saying it was shockingly irresponsible for them to promote an event which could potentially breach COVID-19 health measures.

An ABC spokeswoman, however, hit back in a Daily Telegraph article saying they were just reporting on events slated for the day.

Current coronavirus restrictions mean only 500 people would be allowed to gather at the protest, despite thousands of people indicting via online forums they will be attending.

The rally was organised to push changing the date of Australia Day – with protestors arguing they could not celebrate a day to commemorate the First Fleet’s landing at Sydney Cove.

The Sydney Morning Herald, on Monday, reported 28 per cent of more than 1200 people surveyed nation-wide supported changing the date.

The Ipsos poll, however, indicated 48 per cent of participants opposed the change.
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