David Campbell addresses how he had all-white panel discussing Australia Day ... trends now
David Campbell has admitted he may have picked the wrong guests to weigh in on the Australia Day 'change the date' controversy - before the segment even aired.
The Today Extra host was joined by his co-host Sylvia Jeffreys, and journalists Tom Tilley and Jess Ridley on Friday morning to discuss January 26 and the proposed Indigenous Voice to Parliament.
'I want to acknowledge the fact we are four white people talking about this so we're not going to speak for the Indigenous people here,' Campbell said before the discussion began.
But even with his disclaimer, he and the guests proceeded to unpack the mounting pressure from First Nations people to change the national day of celebration.
Footage of some of the Invasion Day protests that were seen across Australia on Thursday were broadcast while Campbell made the admission.
He then quickly moved on to ask Tilley about Aboriginal lawyer Teela Reid and her stance on January 26.
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'She doesn't think we should change the date yet because we don't have anything to celebrate in her eyes,' the former Triple J Hack presenter said.
'She wants us to move forward on something like the Voice, or a Republic before we find a new date to celebrate.'
Indigenous leader Warren Mundine said it was 'a bit nutty' the panel didn't feature any First Nations peoples.
'You need a mixture on a panel so you're getting different viewpoints,' he told Daily Mail Australia.
'David is right, it's a bit odd. You can't say you want a voice and put someone else on to try and channel someone else.'
Mr Mundine added it was 'healthy' that people from various backgrounds were speaking about such an important topic but said the panel should have been more diverse.
'If they're going to talk about these things, they need to have a serious discussion and they need to have all sides,' he said.
The gaffe comes after Sunrise were forced to apologise over a remark about the Stolen Generations during a TV segment in 2018.
During the segment, Sam Armytage, commentator Prue MacSween and radio host Ben Davis all took part in the three-way discussion about Aboriginal adoption.
David Campbell has addressed the moment he discussed the controversy around the date of Australia Day on a panel without any Indigenous Australians
Sunrise host Samantha Armytage (centre)