Jackie O Henderson says the date of Australia Day should be changed

Jackie O Henderson has weighed in on calls to change the date of Australia Day, saying she supports an alternative to January 26.

Ms Henderson told co-presenter Kyle Sandilands she wanted to celebrate this country without feeling “embarrassed”.

“I want to be able to celebrate Australia because I love this country and I’m really patriotic,” Ms Henderson said.

“I want to be able to do it in a way that I’m not embarrassed to do, so I’m more than happy to change the date.”

The debate over whether or not a celebratory public holiday should be held on 26 January to commemorate the arrival of Sir Arthur Phillip and the First Fleet at Sydney Cove has raged for several years.

Much of the indigenous community sees January 26 as the date of the beginning of the genocide.

Those who regard the day as “Invasion Day” are expected to take to the streets in protest, calling for the date to be changed or for Australia Day to be abolished altogether, while others will wear the Australian flag and celebrate .

“If you change the date, it doesn’t hurt you personally, but by not changing the date, it hurts a lot of people,” Ms Henderson continued.

Companies have responded to calls to change the date by allowing workers to work and change the public holiday to a day off of their choice.

Employees of Telstra, Channel 10, Woolworths, BHP, Deloitte and KPMG are among those who can access the ‘change the date’ scheme.

Originally posted as ‘Shamed’: Jackie O Henderson calls for Australia Day date to be changed

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