Senate debates

Thursday, 5 December 2019


Australia Day

12:27 pm

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) First Nations peoples are the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land we call Australia,

  (ii) 26 January marks over 230 years of on-going dispossession and oppression for First Nations peoples and is considered a day of mourning by many First Nations peoples,

  (iii) by continuing to celebrate Australia Day on 26 January we deny the truth about our shared history, and

  (iv) Australians come together and march on Invasion Day because they want to tell the truth about our shared history, and acknowledge the ongoing impacts of colonisation; and

(b) urges all Australians to:

  (i) respectfully engage in conversations about what 26 January means to First Nations peoples, and

  (ii) be in solidarity with First Nations people on this painful day by attending Invasion Day events in their regions.


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