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Jacinta Nampijinpa Price slams ‘firms’ for shaming Australians celebrating Australia Day after Woolworths pulls out of stock

Jacinta Nampijinpa Price has slammed «corporations» for shaming Australians celebrating Australia Day as fallout continues over Woolworth’s decision not to sell goods.

The annual public holiday debate took a sharp turn last week when Woolworths dumped all Australia Day merchandise from its stores, prompting Liberal leader Peter Dutton to call for a boycott of the chain.

Mr Dutton’s coalition colleague Ms Nampijinpa Price told Sky News on Sunday the public resented big business dictating to them.

«Australians are … more concerned about the cost of living, they don’t want to deal with corporations telling them … how to behave or think or feel about the country they love,» she said.

“I mean, this is home. They are sick of being ashamed to be proud Australians.’

Ms Nampijinpa Price was among the most prominent Indigenous opponents of the Indigenous Voice to Parliament, which was shot down in a referendum on 14 October.

Coalition politician Jacinta Nampijinpa Price (pictured) has spoken out strongly for Australia Day

Campaign Fellow No Warren Mundine agreed with Ms Price’s sentiment, arguing that «the reality is we have so much to celebrate about this nation».

«We are one of the incredible nations that brought 26 million people from all over the world, multi-colored, multi-cultural, multi-religious,» he said.

“We have all these amazing people in this country who have come here and I am proud that they have chosen Australia to really make this country an amazing place…

«We are probably the most successful multi-all country in the world.»

But Mr Mundine took a different view on Australia Day just four months ago.

In September, he split with some No campaigners by calling for Australia Day to be moved from January 26 and treaties with Indigenous Australians.

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The former Labor political activist turned Liberal candidate also called for Aboriginal land rights to be recognized in an interview with ABC’s Insiders.

«26. January will always be an important day because European countries came to Australia and established colonies there.

“We can’t get away from it. But we cannot become captive to it. We have to face the facts and move on.

«Yes, learn about history. Yes, acknowledge the invasion, acknowledge the good and the bad in our history, but we still have to move on,» Mr Mundine said at the time.

In the official No case pamphlet sent to voters ahead of the October 14 referendum, Coalition MPs warned that «many activists are campaigning to abolish Australia Day, change our flag and other institutions and symbols important to Australians».

Earlier this year, it was revealed that more than 80 local governments across the country had pulled the plug on the January 26 citizenship ceremony.

Mundine told Daily Mail Australia that political leaders in councils across Australia are leading the country in the wrong direction.

«We’re building this bloody good country but all we’re getting are these leadership people – especially in the Green councils – all they’re doing is bringing the country down,» he said.

Jacinta Nampijinpa Price said people were «sick of being ashamed to be proud Australians». The picture shows two women in bikinis with an Australian flag

«(They say) ‘we’re a bunch of racists’ or ‘we’re a nation of uneducated idiots,’ so I’m over it,» he said.

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Mr Mundine called it the act of «a bunch of whiners who don’t like Australians».

“Let’s cut all the whining, let’s stop wasting all this money and start celebrating this country and fixing things.

“I just want to get back to the real issues because we’re spending too much time on that.

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