LET COUN­CILS HAVE SAY

Hills Gazette - - NEWS - COLIN HUGHES, Green­mount

THE PM, Chris­tian Porter and (An­drew) Bolt wish to bully their way into sti­fling de­bate on find­ing a new Aus­tralia Day which cel­e­brates our di­ver­sity and the tra­di­tional own­ers.

Of course coun­cils should have the right to take the lead. Af­ter all, they are closer to the elec­torate than those in Can­berra who ab­ro­gate their de­ci­sions on so­cial is­sues such as mar­riage equal­ity.

If we fol­low their logic of Aus­tralia Day can’t be changed (de­spite it be­ing a pub­lic hol­i­day only since 1994) be­cause those in power say so, we would still have slav­ery and women would not have the vote. Peace­ful protest is a fun­da­men­tal right in an Aus­tralian democ­racy and must be de­fended at all costs.

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