Hipster Freo strikes again

Hipster (n.) a person who follows the latest trends and fashions, especially those regarded as being outside the cultural mainstream.

Everyone has that hipster mate, the one that slightly aggrieves when they break the cultural norm and do something for their own political beliefs or simply over egresses to the left side of the spectrum.

Today, Fremantle City Council was again that hipster, ratifying Australia Day celebrations for the 28th January 2016.

It’s a move that separates them from the entirety of Australia and the ‘cultural mainstream’, who will celebrate the holiday on the actual date – January 26.

However, perhaps the most disappointing thing is that Freo is trying to ride the political moral high ground of ‘cultural respect’.

They’re claiming they’re moving the date out of respect for aboriginal people, however the majority that I have spoken with are outraged at the moving of the date.

Why? Because no matter what day – it’s still a remembrance of pain for the Aboriginal people.

From the few I’ve spoken with, the general consensus with the day is that if you aren’t going to scrap it then at least have it and get it over and done with.

Perhaps the most concerning factor is also the fact that Aboriginal people in Fremantle will face two Australia Day celebrations within three days, with January 26 falling on a Thursday and as such, will be a public holiday.

Without doubt people will still descend on Fremantle, and the normal shenanigans will ensue – perhaps not with fireworks, although there are rumours abounding that shop owners around the area are considering pooling resources to arrange a show.

Instead of bringing up the best in multicultural acceptance, Freo might have just opened a can of worms.

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Kristian Dwyer is a journalist with roots firmly entrenched in local Western Australian news specializing in politics and sport and a passion for delivering quality news to the masses. Kristian displays pedigree and quality in journalistic coverage and is a former recipient of the WA Football Media Guild Award for his work on the 2007 Coverage of the WAFL premiership with 990am information radio.

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