A picture of a billboard advertising Australia Day, official National Day of Australia, featuring two smiling women wearing hijabs has stirred controversy after it was shared by far right groups on Facebook.
The billboard advertises the detail of an RACV-sponsored event which will occur at Melbourne’s King's Domain Gardens The sign is located on Peninsula Link Freeway, in Melbourne’s south-east.
The world has gone mad! Apparently putting members of 2% of the population on an Aus day billboard is representative of Australia Day. pic.twitter.com/QfH1Uadhzu— Staunch Atheist (@StaunchA) January 13, 2017
The Advertisement was shared on Friday which sparked the controversy and many people were outraged by the image.
One Facebook user wrote, "Where's the BBQ, beach, sun, bikinis? At a quick glance looks like a billboard for an immigration school." and went on to say, “This board does not represent Australia and how we celebrate it!!".
Other users defended the image being used and stated, “It doesn't matter what is on the board. Only thing is Australia is [a] multicultural country and everyone who lives there must be proud [of] Australia. So stop that nonsense,”.
Australia Day is celebrated annually on 26 January, it marks the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet of British ships to Australia and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain by Governor Arthur Phillip, which occurred in 1788.