One Nation candidate Mark Latham has become the latest high-profile personality to lay into Today’s new host Brooke Boney after she described Australia Day as the “beginning of the end” for indigenous Australians.
A day after the network’s new presenter Boney’s sensational on-air speech, just days into her new job, Mr Latham slammed her words as “victimology” and “absurd”.
Boney told viewers, while she was proud of her country, she did not want to celebrate the national public holiday on January 26.
“I feel like I have almost more reason than anyone else to love this country as much as I do because I’m the oldest of six kids, a single mum. This is the best country in the world, no doubt,” she said.
“But I can’t separate the 26th of January from the fact that my brothers are more likely to go to jail than they are to go to school.
“Or that my little sisters and my mum are more likely to be beaten and raped than anyone else’s sisters or mum.
“And that started from that day. So for me it’s a difficult day and I don’t want to celebrate it.
Today, Mr Latham took aim at Boney over her suggestion the First Fleet were to blame for the issues facing her family.
“You decide: Have the Boney Brothers made a decision in life to break the law and be repeat offenders in jail, causing dreadful heartache to their family? Or did the First Fleet make them do it from 231 years ago?? Victimology reaches a new absurd high on the failing Today Show,” he wrote on Twitter.
“If we are the best country in the world (no doubt) it’s commonsense to celebrate the day on which Western civilisation arrived here, with the advanced technologies, rule of law, education, healthcare, civilised institutions etc etc that have made us GREAT!!”
Mr Latham isn’t the first politician to weight into the debate.
Yesterday, former Federal MP Dennis Jensen described Boney’s statement as “moronic”, sparking a war of words with the presenter.
“So here is a genuinely moronic statement by a new host on the Today show about Australia Day,” he wrote.
“Just as white Australians have to accept the shortcomings and some of the unacceptable behaviour perpetrated by forefathers, so too the Indigenous community has to acknowledge and accept the significant failings in their forebears behaviour as well,” he said.
Her comments have also split viewers, some threatened to refuse to watch the show again, while some viewers have heaped praise on Boney for her eloquence on-air.
“So happy to see you using your platform about Aboriginal issues on mainstream TV! For everyone coming at you please know there are so many people standing behind you and happy that you are speaking up,” wrote Megan Daley.