Hawke calls date change ‘pathetic’

AGAINST THE CHANGE: Mitchell MP Alex Hawke hit back against the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's decision to move the date of Triple J's Hottest 100.
AGAINST THE CHANGE: Mitchell MP Alex Hawke hit back against the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's decision to move the date of Triple J's Hottest 100.

MITCHELL MP Alex Hawke has hit out against the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s decision to change the date of the Hottest 100. 

Triple J announced it will now host the iconic music event on the fourth weekend of January – not the traditional Australia Day.

The Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection tweeted the “constant push to politicise and delegitimise Australia Day is pathetic” on November 26.

“Australians have come to love tuning into their favourite 100 hottest hits on Australia Day,” Mr Hawke told the News. “It’s part of the soundtrack of Australia Day and it has been for 20 years and I don’t think that should be abandoned by way of the ABC in effect seeking to make a political statement.

“It is hard to believe that the ABC would not understand that moving a signature event from Australia Day would be seen as anything other than a political argument against Australia Day continuing to be held on January 26.”

The decision means next year the countdown will air from January 27-28 instead of its traditional slot.

“In recent years the Hottest 100 has become a symbol in the debate about Australia Day,” the station said on its website last week.

“We expected a lot of different opinions. 

“The Hottest 100 wasn’t created as an Australia Day celebration.

“It was created to celebrate your favourite songs of the past year.”