Debate on Aussie Day date
Nation up in arms about a change from January 26
SUPPORT is growing across the nation to move Australia Day from January 26.
However, Maranoa MP David Littleproud is quite set on the date staying exactly how it is. Mr Littleproud says it’s a day where we recognise the remarkable nation we’ve become, welcome new Australians into our community and it’s a date that will not change.
“We all recognise our history’s challenges but on Australia Day, we also recognise the greatness of our achievements.
“Reconciliation is about changing attitudes, not trying to bury our history with a date change.”
Mr Littleproud’s call to keep Australia Day came after Melbourne’s Yarra Council voted unanimously to change the way it marks January 26, from 2018 onwards.
“Some are trying to use Australia Day – a day which unites us – into a day to divide us,” he said.
“Each bush community in Maranoa acknowledges Australia Day – whether it’s a thong throwing competition, lamington making classes and citizenship of new Australians, it’s a day which brings the community together.
“I represent wonderful communities, large and small, across more than 42% of Queensland and each Australia Day event commences with an acknowledgement or welcome to country because we respect our First Australians – the oldest human civilisation in the world. Australia Day isn’t trying to forget about the past – it remembers where we’ve come from, celebrates our achievements and looks towards a future of who we would like to become.”
Several “all inclusive” dates have been thrown up as possible alternatives to January 26.
Some options are:
January 1 – our Federation day and also New Year’s Day.
May8– because it sounds like Mate. It’s close to Easter and Anzac Day, meaning a good run of long weekends and public holidays.
May 27 – the date of 1967 referendum when more than 90% of Australians voted to change the Constitution to include Aborigines as recognised citizens.