KIIS FM’s Jackie ‘O’ Henderson calls for Australia Day date change

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Jackie ‘O’ Henderson calls for Australia Day date change, says she is tired of feeling ’embarrassed’ for celebrating January 26

Jackie O Henderson has called for the date of Australia Day to be changed.

The 47-year-old told her co-host Kyle Sandilands on KIIS FM’s The Kyle and Jackie O Show that she doesn’t want to feel “embarrassed” for celebrating this country.

“I want to be able to celebrate Australia because I love this country and I’m really patriotic,” Jackie explained.

Jackie ‘O’ Henderson (pictured) has called for a change to Australia Day’s date, saying she’s tired of feeling ’embarrassed’ for celebrating on January 26

“I want to be able to do it in a way that I’m not ashamed of it, so I’m more than happy to change the date.”

She continued, “If you change the date it won’t hurt you personally, but by not changing the date it will hurt a lot of people.”

A long-running campaign to abolish Australia Day or change the date has left a growing number of Aussies feeling uneasy about our national holiday.

The 47-year-old told her co-host Kyle Sandilands (pictured) on KIIS FM's The Kyle and Jackie O Show that she doesn't want to feel 'embarrassed' for celebrating this country

The 47-year-old told her co-host Kyle Sandilands (pictured) on KIIS FM’s The Kyle and Jackie O Show that she doesn’t want to feel ’embarrassed’ for celebrating this country

The date has been controversial for years as it marks the day in 1788 when the First Fleet arrived in the country and Sir Arthur Phillip raised the British flag at Sydney Cove.

Many consider the date representative of the beginnings of the painful and devastating impact colonization has had on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Telstra, along with Channel 10, Woolworths, mining giant BHP, financial firms Deloitte and KPMG and biotech company CSL, has joined the growing list of companies and organizations that will allow staff to work on January 26.

“I want to be able to celebrate Australia because I love this country and I’m really patriotic. I want to be able to do it in a way that I’m not ashamed,” Jackie said

Channel 10 bosses told their staff in an email that the network will not be celebrating Australia Day and that employees can come to work instead of taking the day off.

Parent company ANZ’s chief content officer, Beverley McGarvey, and co-lead Jarrod Villani referred to Australia Day as “January 26” in the email.

The pair told staff it was “not a holiday” for Indigenous peoples and said workers could decide whether to take the day off as a holiday or to work if they chose.

The date has been controversial for years as it marks the day in 1788 when the First Fleet arrived in the country and Sir Arthur Phillip raised the British flag at Sydney Cove.  Many consider the date representative of the beginnings of the painful and devastating impact colonization has had on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (pictured, Australia Day protest)

The date has been controversial for years as it marks the day in 1788 when the First Fleet arrived in the country and Sir Arthur Phillip raised the British flag in Sydney Cove. Many consider the date representative of the beginnings of the painful and devastating impact colonization has had on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (pictured, Australia Day protest)

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