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Woolworths, Huge W announce no Australia Day merchandise

One main retailer has confirmed it won’t be promoting Australia Day merchandise forward of January 26.

Woolworths Group, which additionally owns Huge W, mentioned that it will not be promoting any particular Australia Day merchandise in 2024 – aside from the flag which is bought yr spherical.

“There was a gradual decline in demand for Australia Day merchandise from our shops over latest years. On the similar time there’s been broader dialogue about January 26 and what it means to totally different elements of the group,” a spokesperson mentioned.

“We all know many individuals like to make use of this present day as a time to get collectively and we provide an enormous number of merchandise to assist prospects mark the day as they select.

“Woolworths and Huge W rejoice the most effective of Australia each day, and we’re proud to assist the farmers, producers, and suppliers who work with us.”

There are nonetheless Australia Day themed merchandise accessible by way of My Deal, which is an internet platform, a part of the Woolworths Group, that makes use of third-party retailers.

Retailer employees, like with all public holidays, will even have the selection about whether or not they wish to work if they’re rostered on.

Lately, there was an enormous shift away from Australia Day celebrations as extra Australians take heed to Indigenous voices who’ve labelled it Invasion Day.

On New 12 months’s Eve it was revealed greater than 80 native councils throughout Australia will dump their conventional citizenship ceremonies on January 26.

In 2022, solely 4 councils throughout Australia selected to not maintain Australia Day citizenship ceremonies — three in Melbourne and the Metropolis of Sydney.

However a yr later, at the least 81 councils nationwide introduced they might not be holding citizenship ­ceremonies on January 26.

The change follows a call by the Albanese authorities in December 2022 to revoke a rule that may successfully drive native councils to carry citizenship ceremonies on Australia Day.

In line with The Day by day Telegraph, the surge in council’s selecting to not mark the nation’s nationwide day has prompted accusations from opposition immigration spokesman Dan Tehan that the Albanese authorities “is laying the groundwork” for its abolition.

Mr Albanese had mentioned though the federal government had given councils a selection, they need to proceed to conduct them, pledging: “I assist Australia Day.”

He rejected costs from the opposition that his authorities was decided to kill Australia Day, firmly saying: “there are not any adjustments right here”.

Sydney Mayor Clover Moore has led the cost towards Australia Day, describing it as “painful” for a lot of.

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