The Chinese turn up with a box of fireworks bought in Fyshwick in the 2017 Meat and Livestock Australia Australia Day ad. But you haven’t been able to buy fireworks in Fyshwick since 2009. Photo: YouTube MLA’s annual ad has dropped all mention of Australia Day. Photo: YouTube
You haven’t been able to buy fireworks in Fyshwick since 2009 but somehow the Chinese turn up to this year’s Australia Day party with a big box of crackers.
This year’s Meat and Livestock Australia annual Australia Day ad has guests arriving on our shores and when the Chinese arrive with the pyrotechnics and are asked “Where did you get those?”, they proudly reply “Fyshwick”.
Then industrial relations minister John Hargraeves was instrumental in the ban?saying it was necessary because of property damage, injury to domestic animals and wildlife, and the general disruption caused by illegal use of?fireworks.
He told the Assembly a tear-jerking story about his cat Andy, who some years before the ban was in place, had been tormented ?by children with fireworks.
Then chief minister Jon Stanhope said at the time that he regretted his government’s decision.
“I always enjoyed?fireworks, cracker night, I loved it as a child,” Mr Stanhope said.
“My children loved it, and it’s a matter of regret that there are generations of children now that will never have that same experience or that same joy.”
An ACT Government spokesperson said on Thursday the government was not considering any change to the fireworks laws at this time.
“In the spirit of the ad we do of course welcome all Chinese and other visitors to the Canberra region – including Fyshwick – to see everything our city has to offer,” the spokesperson said.
This year’s ad is likely to cause discussion across the nation for many reasons.
The annual Australia Day lamb ad?has?traditionally been an exercise?in chest-beating?patriotism that?mocked anyone not celebrating?the holiday “properly” – including vegans and those eating “foreign” food.
This year, it doesn’t mention?Australia Day at all.
Amid growing calls to move Australia Day from January 26, the industry group on Thursday released an ad that confronts head-on the controversy around?hosting the national day on a date marking?the start of colonialism and Indigenous dispossession.
The ad starts with three Indigenous Australians on a beach who remark?on being?the “first here” but that the?beautiful location?would be “packed before you know it”.
A procession of boats then arrive,?notably starting?with the Dutch,?followed by the British?(whose claim to be the “First Fleet” is met with laughter), the French, Germans, Chinese, Italians, Greeks, Serbians, New Zealanders and finally “boat people”.
“Hang on, aren’t we all boat?people?,” celebrity chef Poh Ling Yeow, of Masterchef fame, asks.
At one point Olympic legend Cathy Freeman asks the hosts what the occasion is. “Do we need one?” is the answer.?
The campaign is a departure from MLA’s previous campaigns staring Sam Kekovich, which since 2005 have painted Australia Day as a sacred occasion and called?anyone who eats “foreign” cuisine like “a number 42 with rice”?instead of lamb on January 26?“un-Australian”.??
January 26 is the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet, which many?Indigenous?Australians find?offensive and have dubbed “Invasion Day”, as it also marks the start of?colonisation?and frontier?violence.
The City of Fremantle has cancelled Australia Day celebrations this year, deeming them culturally insensitive, and?will instead host a “culturally-inclusive” event on January 28.
Meanwhile youth radio station Triple J has said it would consider moving the date of its annual Hottest 100 countdown?after lobbying from listeners and popular hip-hop group?A.B. Original.
MLA’s marketing manager?Andrew Howie said the ad was informed by consumer insights and feedback from past campaigns and was about celebrating diversity.
“Ultimately, as the face of Australia continues to evolve and change, we need to make lamb relevant to a diverse, modern Australia,” Mr Howie said in a statement.
The ads will run until January 26.
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