Today's Karl Stefanovic slams 'unbelievable' ANZAC Day axing

Penny Burfitt
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·3-min read

The Today Show's Karl Stefanovic and Ally Langdon are never shy to air their thoughts on unfolding current affairs and this morning they took aim at the South Australian government over news three of the state's largest ANZAC Day dawn services were being axed in Adelaide.

The decision was made after organisers reported they couldn't appropriately meet coronavirus safety standards in Semaphore, Morphett Vale and Brighton.

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Karl Stefanovic and Ally Langdon had some strong thoughts on the decision to axe ANZAC Day services. Photo: Nine

Ally labelled the decision 'outrageous' and called on organisers and the state government to work together to find a solution.

"We're seeing three ANZAC Day services cancelled because they can't afford the COVID-safe plans," she said.

"We are saying how outrageous it is after we saw yesterday for them not to go ahead this year.

"Between the RSL and State Government, they need to fix it."


Karl backed up his co-host calling ANZAC Day the 'most important' day in Australia.

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Kalr said the ANZAC Day is the 'most important' day in the Australia calendar. Photo: Nine

"As far as I'm concerned it's the most important day on the Australian calendar," he responded.

He also took aim at the decision in light of other, less historic events going ahead.

"They had the Adelaide Fringe Festival for goodness sake, we can't have Dawn Services, ceremonies, marches in Adelaide honouring our diggers?" he said, incredulous.

"It defies belief."

Karl takes on coronavirus vaccine fear

The pair is known for speaking out on important issues. Most recently, Karl took on distrust of the coronavirus vaccine by urging the federal government to do more to ease people's concerns.

While those opposed to vaccinations in general are described as 'anti-vaxxers' thanks to their reliance on debunked scientific research to support their stance, citizens concerned about the coronavirus program do not, according to Karl, fall into this basket.

The host made a surprising comment defending the doubters on the Today show earlier this month, after co-host Sylvia Jeffreys, who was filling in for an injured Ally, mentioned the uncertainty amongst some Aussies. 

“There is maybe a sense of, ‘I want to see other people get it first before I dive in’. I suppose some hesitancy around that,” Sylvia said. “It is interesting, isn’t it? This is like nothing we have seen in our generation so it is uncharted territory.”

“There has to be patience with that," Karl said in response.

“These are not anti-vaxxers, these are everyday people who are just a little bit worried so it is up to the government and the authorities to convince those people it is OK."

As Sylvia pointed out, however, despite the speed at which the vaccine was developed, the amount of global research and funding used to accelerate the development was similarly unprecedented.

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