3rd town scraps Aus­tralia Day

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MARK­ING Aus­tralia Day is like cel­e­brat­ing the Holo­caust, a Mel­bourne politi­cian said as her coun­cil scrapped a hol­i­day it deemed of­fen­sive to Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple, in a move the gov­ern­ment yes­ter­day la­belled “ex­treme and di­vi­sive”.

The coun­cil in the Mel­bourne sub­urb of More­land be­came the third in Vic­to­ria state to de­cide not to recog­nise Aus­tralia Day.

The an­nual hol­i­day, on Jan­uary 26, com­mem­o­rates the ar­rival of the coun­try’s first Bri­tish set­tlers in 1788 and is a time when cit­i­zen­ship cer­e­monies are held.

But it is termed “In­va­sion Day” by many in­dige­nous Aus­tralians who say it marks the be­gin­ning of the de­cline of Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture.

In de­bat­ing the is­sue on Wed­nes­day, More­land So­cial­ist Al­liance coun­cil­lor Sue Bolton said com­mem­o­rat­ing Aus­tralia Day “would be like cel­e­brat­ing the Nazi Holo­caust”. — AFP

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