Senate debates

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Motions

Australia Day

11:52 am

Photo of Rachel SiewertRachel Siewert (WA, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

I, and also on behalf of Senator Di Natale, move:

That the Senate—

(a) acknowledges that:

  (i) on 26 January 2018, tens of thousands of Australians around the country marched in solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples calling on Governments to change the date of Australia Day, and

  (ii) 26 January is a day of mourning for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, as it represents the beginning of colonisation, the theft of their land, the decimation of their culture and the start of ongoing genocide; and

(b) calls on federal, state and territory governments to change the date of Australia Day so that everyone can participate in celebrating this national day.

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