Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann is calling on the Prime Minister to reverse the decision to cancel the annual Australia Day concert on the lawns of Parliament House.
“This decision is outrageous, and is yet another example of the disdain the Liberal Government has for Canberra,” Ms Brodtmann said.
“There was no consultation with the Canberra community or ACT Government. There was no consideration of the impact on Canberra businesses. This shows a complete lack of respect for Canberra from the Turnbull Government.”
Canberra has hosted the Australia Day concert since 2004 and the concert is a recognised national showcase of Australian music and talent alongside the formal awards ceremony.
It is attended by tens of thousands of Australians, not just from Canberra, but from throughout the capital region and interstate.
“The Prime Minister needs to overturn the decision.
“Canberra is our National Capital – and it should be home to our national Australia Day celebrations.
“It was the vision of Robert Menzies to 'build up Canberra as a capital in the eyes and minds of the Australian people' - and so he did. Menzies created a capital worthy of this nation, and now the party he led is seeking to destroy that vision.
“The Prime Minister needs to recognise that an invite-only Australia Day celebration is un-Australian.”