May 27 is the day

Central and North Burnett Times - - VOICE OF THE BURNETT - Shirley Way shirley.way@cnbtimes.com.au

THIS Aus­tralia Day, we have thanked com­mu­nity mem­bers who have in­spired us – be­hind-the-scenes work­ers and those ad­vo­cat­ing up-front for ser­vices in our small towns. Grow­ing na­tional change are four Aus­tralians of the Year: a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence cam­paigner, deaf ad­vo­cate, en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist au­thor, and so­cial en­tre­pre­neur. Amidst th­ese cel­e­bra­tions comes the voice of re­tired Aussie Rules foot­ball player Ron Barassi call­ing for change.

Let’s make May 27 – the an­niver­sary of the 1967 ref­er­en­dum giv­ing equal cit­i­zen­ship rights to Abo­rig­ines, as voted by 90.77% of Aussies – our na­tional day. Is this the day we fi­nally be­came a na­tion?

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