Telstra’s CEO has become Australia’s most notable corporate figure to publicly announce that she will work on Australia Day – as the debate around changing the date rages on.
The telecommunication company’s chief executive Vicki Brady made the announcement public on her LinkedIn profile on Monday.
The date has been controversial for several years as it’s the day in 1788 when the First Fleet arrived in the country and Sir Arthur Phillip raised the British flag in Sydney Cove.
Many view the date as representative of the beginning of the painful and devastating impact colonisation has had on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Despite games having been scheduled to return as of June 17th, there are concerns that a second spike in COVID-19 cases could halt the league’s plans. If that happens, the clubs have been asked to vote on a solution at a meeting this Thursday.
However, Brady says the ‘points per game’ method would not only be used for this season, but for future campaigns as well, leaving many clubs concerned:
“The next meeting will take even longer than the last one. As myself and a number of other clubs are reluctant to decide a future Premier League shareholder’s fate by a formula rather than a football match.”
There is no perfect solution for ending a season early and with ‘null and void’ firmly off the table, it appears the Premier League will follow Scotland’s lead if the campaign has to be cut short.
The Scottish Premiership used an unweighted ‘points per game’ formula, meaning points are divided by the number of games played to work out a team’s final position in the league table.