Let’s be­come a re­pub­lic

The Saturday Paper - - Letters & Editorial -

Hav­ing an Aus­tralia Day when all can cel­e­brate our coun­try’s past, our unity and our po­ten­tial is im­por­tant to our na­tion. We can­not cel­e­brate unity on Jan­uary 26. Change will only come when we agree on a bet­ter al­ter­na­tive. Noel Pear­son’s sug­ges­tion of in­clud­ing Jan­uary 25 won’t work, as we won’t get an ex­tra pub­lic hol­i­day. I sug­gest May 27 – the day the Aus­tralian peo­ple chose, through the Abo­rig­i­nal ref­er­en­dum, to fully unite. Au­gust 10, when the re­sult passed into law, would be an­other. If both are re­jected in favour of a sum­mer day when we can bet­ter en­joy the cel­e­bra­tions, then let’s move on, be­come a re­pub­lic on a suit­able day, and cel­e­brate that day for­ever.

– Pe­ter Hall, Tren­tham, Vic

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