Cricket Australia is leading the way in promote a more culturally safe and inclusive experience after dropping ‘Australia Day’ references for three Big Bash games.
However, prime minister Scott Minister has hit out at the change, branding it “pretty ordinary.”
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The promotion of the matches – Brisbane Heat vs Perth Scorchers, Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers – will change but the hope is that traditional cricket fans who attend games won’t notice anything different.
The Daily Telegraphreports CA will refer to the Big Bash event as ‘January 26’ as opposed to ‘Australia Day’ following consultation with Indigenous leaders.
Individual teams will be able to decide for themselves how they promote their games but CA is firm in making the change to make it a more inclusive experience for those uncomfortable with the day.
“Even referencing it as January 26, you’ll see in CA marketing collateral, we’ll reference it as that, but that’s not to say some clubs might still call it Australia Day,” Cricket Australia Diversity and Inclusion manager Adam Cassidy said to the Telegraph.
“That’s fine and that’s their call.
“As a stretch reconciliation action plan organisation, we know we have a higher level of accountability to be leaders in this space.”
Morrison though told radio 4RO that he did not approve of the decision.
“I think a bit more focus on cricket and a little less focus on politics would be my message to Cricket Australia,” he said.
“I think that’s pretty ordinary – that’s what they’re putting on their press releases – that would be my view.”
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“In many ways it forces our hand to be a bit braver in how we operate.
“Ultimately I think if we got it right, people who have traditionally come to the cricket on that day and have had a ripping day shouldn’t notice anything different.
“It’s really the cohort of people who aren’t comfortable with the day that we hope we’ve made enough tweaks to make it a safe enough environment to also enjoy the day.
“It’s not about changing the day for those who love it, it’s about creating an environment others (can also enjoy).”