Shannon Noll has supported the campaign for Australia Day to be changed.
The former Australian Idol star said he thinks the date of the national celebration should be amended.
Speaking to Yahoo Be this week, Shannon, 42, said he has ‘a lot of friends who are Aboriginal,’ hence his opinion.
‘I have a lot of friends who are Aboriginal’: Shannon Noll voices his support for Australia Day to be changed
Saying he thinks it should be a ‘conversation to be had,’ he said the nation should find a new date.
‘We should talk about maybe moving it to a date that we’re all happy.’
‘All my Aboriginal friends are proud Aussies,’ Shannon said.
Speaking up: ‘We should talk about maybe moving it to a date that we’re all happy’
‘And this one day is a significant thing for them so, if that’s the case then I think there’s an argument to look at moving it.’
But he said he still thinks Australia Day should not be cancelled altogether, calling the idea ‘ludicrous.’
Meanwhile, Australian actor Russell Crowe, 53, also shared his thoughts on the debate.
Proud Australian: But he said he still thinks Australia Day should not be cancelled altogether, calling the idea ‘ludicrous’
Taking to Twitter on Thursday afternoon, he wished his fans a happy Australia Day.
‘I’m going to say Happy Australia Day today, on a different date. Take away the contention, let’s have a date we can all embrace. We should be sensitive enough to recognise all those who have lived in this land before us, if you live here, you belong to them, and they to you.’
The tweet got more than 3.8 thousand likes.
‘Let’s have a date we can all embrace’: Meanwhile, Australian actor Russell Crowe, 53, also shared his thoughts on the debate
The intense debate has seen statues vandalised across Australia, forcing politicians into addressing the growing divide.
Three inner-city Melbourne councils – Darebin, Moreland and Yarra – took matters into their own hands and refused to celebrate the day last year to support a changing of the date.
The Victorian Opposition has promised to pass new laws allowing the state government to sack councils who refuse to celebrate Australia day.
The state Coalition plan would force unpatriotic local councils to hold citizenship ceremonies on January 26 and celebrate the national day.
‘Take away the contention’: Taking to Twitter on Thursday afternoon, he wished his fans a happy Australia Day