Get Your Hands off Australia Day, Corporate Australia: Katters

Jan 11, 2024

Traeger MP and Leader of the Katter’s Australian Party says the decision of a major supermarket chain to no longer stock Australia Day merchandise is a sign of how out of touch corporate Australia is with the values of the majority of Australians.

The supermarket chain claimed through a spokesperson that no longer stocking Australia Day- themed items is part of a broader discussion about the merits of celebrating Australia Day.

Mr Katter says this “discussion” is not one that average Australians are taking any part in.

“Australians completely reject the black armband view of history which asserts that Australia Day should be a day of mourning,” he said.

“Australia Day is a time for Australians to come together, reflect on their history, and celebrate the great achievements of this country, often over a steaming barbie and an open tinnie.

“The beaches are jammed, the shops are empty and every bit of greenery in a public place has as an umbrella and someone selling knick-knacks on it.

“And every where you turn you see an Australian flag.

“We know what Australia Day means:   we are celebrating being proud Australians.

“It never ceases to amaze that corporate Australia continues to think they have the moral standing in the community to preach to us on what our values are when they exhibit the most egregious, sickeningly monopolistic corporate behaviour.

“This is a supermarket chain which is on notice by the Prime Minister for price gouging and ripping off our primary producers.

“A supermarket chain which has been the subject of one of biggest wage theft scandals in the nation’s history and was reportedly liable for criminal prosecution over other matters.

“And here they are giving us a lecture on Australian values.

“Australians don’t want to get their moral education from a corporation that made a billion dollar profit during the strongest inflationary surge in the last 40 years,” he said.

Mr Katter said that when given a chance Australians are choosing to reject the woke sensibility underlying unfettered progressivism aimed at putting marginal cultural issues at the centre of national debates.

“The banks and airlines have form here, pouring millions into publicly backing the voice to parliament.

“Seventy percent of voting-age Australians rejected the voice to Parliament.  I’m a bit surprised that the supermarket CEO’s haven’t received the memo,” Mr Katter said.

Member for Kennedy Bob Katter MP said the move by the supermarket chain is indicative of the yawning abyss separating corporate Australia from ordinary working people.

“One gets the impression that the wokies are at it again.  They really don’t want to say that they are Australian.  They are ashamed of it.

“I personally have made the decision, if it’s at all humanly possible, not to shop at Woolworths or Coles.

“They are unAustralian, and what they have done to the farmers of Australia would make a good Australian weep,” he said.