Feds warn on Oz Day snubs

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NATION -

THE Fed­eral Govern­ment has threat­ened to strip sev­eral NSW coun­cils of the right to hold Aus­tralia Day cit­i­zen­ship cer­e­monies amid plans to hold them a day ear­lier.

Hawkesbury City, Kempsey and Bellin­gen shire coun­cils plan cer­e­monies on the evening of Jan­uary 25, re­port­edly to avoid the day­time heat.

How­ever Home Af­fairs Min­is­ter Peter Dutton sug­gested the move was po­lit­i­cal.

“I don’t care whether peo­ple are seek­ing to move it in an ob­vi­ous way or play­ing games – the in­tent is very clear,” he said. “Aus­tralians don’t want coun­cils play­ing pol­i­tics with these is­sues.”

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