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Chief Minister slams cancellation of Australia Day concert

"It's disrespectful to the Nation's Capital."


Those are the words of Chief Minister Andrew Barr voicing his displeasure over the move to cancel next year's Australia Day concert.


The National Australia Day Council wrote a letter to the Chief Minister, thanking Mr Barr for the territory's contribution to the ceremony, but in the same letter also announced that they would be pulling the annual concert over fears of dangerous weather.


The Chief Minister spoke to Kristen and Rod this morning about the predicament.


"We make a big financial contribution to stage a large public event, we don't make a contribution to stage a small intimate invitation only event for five or 600 people," Mr Barr said.


Mr Barr's threatened to remove the ACT's funding from the event if the concert isn't re-instated, with the ACT Government to look at re-directing its funding contribution for the event, and put the money towards events that are open to all locals.


The ACT's Liberal Senator Zed Seselja also slammed the decision, however NT Chief Minister Adam Giles was more positive about the move saying Australia Day should be about Australia and not Canberra.


What are your thoughts should they bring back the concert?

photo credit: Canberra Times

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