Scott Morrison – Cricket news, Australia Day | David Pocock calls out Scott Morrison for political statement claim
Wallabies great David Pocock has called out Prime Minister Scott Morrison for his claim that sport should refrain from making political statements.
Morrison criticised Cricket Australia’s decision to not use the term ‘Australia Day’ during its Big Bash League promotion, due to the hurtful connotations of January 26 among Indigenous Australians.
Morrison branded the move “pretty ordinary” and said in a radio interview: “A bit more focus on cricket, a little less focus on politics would be my message to Cricket Australia.”
Yet Morrison has openly embraced sport during his career, as many Australian politicians have, and Pocock accused the Prime Minister of seeking his own political leverage from popular codes.
“If you’re a young or aspiring athlete: here in Australia we hear a lot of talk – often from our Prime Ministers – that sport and politics shouldn’t mix,” Pocock wrote.
“That’s just not true and politicians know it – that’s why they use sport for their own political agenda. Australia even uses it for diplomacy.
“Politics is about our shared life together, about who we are and who we want to be. You have as much right as anyone to be part of the conversation, many issues at hand will affect your life and future more than the politicians making the decisions.
“The issues our generation faces are real and serious and the decisions our politicians make today will affect what kind of future we have. We all have a role to play.”
Indigenous cricket figures such as Dan Christian and Jason Gillespie have backed Cricket Australia’s move and spoken out against criticism of the decision.
However, Melbourne’s BBL franchises – the Stars and Renegades – have decided to keep ‘Australia Day’ as part of their match promotion.
Both teams play matches at the MCG on January 26, against the Hurricanes and Sixers respectively, while the other fixture is Heat vs Scorchers at Adelaide Oval.
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