Federal Government in major stoush over Australia Day

Australia Day brings up a lot of mixed feelings in people. There are those that celebrate it without fail for
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Australia Day brings up a lot of mixed feelings in people. There are those that celebrate it without fail for the country that it has become; there are others that just like the day off, and there are those that think a bit more sensitivity needs to be made towards the indigenous people about the day.

The City of Fremantle had a discussion with local Aboriginal elders and came to the conclusion that it wasn’t a day to celebrate and welcome new citizens. So they moved their citizenship ceremony to the 28th of January and called it “One Day.”

The Federal Government and has told Western Australia that they could lose their power to hold citizenship ceremonies if it doesn’t reconsider. A letter from the Minister for Immigration Alex Hawke stated, “The government takes a very dim view of Fremantle City Council’s decision to cancel their Australia Day events on political grounds”.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull kept his feelings about the situation simple. When he was asked about it when appearing on 3AW, he said, “stick with Australia Day on the 26th.”

What do you think? Do you think the council has the right to hold the ceremony on a different day? Do you think the Government is overstepping their grounds? Do you think it’s important for citizenship ceremonies to happen on Australia Day?

  1. Daniel baxter  

    No totally stupid I can sympathise with the indigenous peoples of Australia but it was a long time ago and could have been invaded by much worst countries where there would be little or no indiginous peoples left today , why can’t Australia have a national indiginous peoples day and they could wellcome all nationalities to share their pride

    • I just wish that people would lean the meaning of the word indigenous.It means born in Australia or any other country for that matter.If you are aAustalian born you are indigenous of this country.We need to get this word right out of our language or at least use it in its right context.So let us all have a great Australia Day and keep politics completely out of it ,after all most of us are indigenous of this country regardless of race or colour.

      • Maurice  

        ……..’lean’?……..
        ……..’aAustalian’?…..

        Your Grammar is atrocious, as well!

        Why didn’t you read what you’d written, before posting your comment?
        That’s just common sense.

        You failed, miserably!

    • Lowell  

      Yes, you’re correct, Daniel.

      I doubt there’d be ANY aborigines’ here now, if the Dutch, or the Portugese, had settled in this Country.
      Just look what happened to the natives’ in South America, when the Spanish got there!

      The way current indigenes’ carry on, whinging, & moaning about every little thing, except the very generous Centrelink handouts they get, there’d be people today wishing there weren’t!

      The British did kill-off quite a number, though, as well.

    • Gavin Weston  

      Best idea I have heard in. Long long time.

    • Gavin Weston  

      Best idea I have heard in. Long long time.

  2. Dianne Grant  

    Fremantle Council is getting too big for its boots ! NOT listening to the people that voted them in and becoming very unpopular. What are they trying to prove ? And just who in the Aboriginal Community did they speak to ? Roll on local govt elections !

  3. Do people wake up on Australia day and think yeh to day is the day we invaded this Country. I think they mostly think of let celebrate that this is Australia and all who are in it makes it great and a day off is good to lets have a barbie with friends family and take the dsy to forget about our worries and struggles

  4. Colours  

    We celebrate the genocide of the oldest culture in the world by getting drunk and eating the charred corpses of baby animals. Thank goodness one council is showing some taste and sensitivity.

    • Anna  

      What a stupid answer, I am a naturalised Australian & take pride in our country. I think it is time to let go of the past & all become 1Australia & 1 people.

  5. Audrey  

    I agree with Colours. Have not celebrated Australia Day in my lifetime (long). Freemantle Council should be commended for their initiative. Only take it further. Move Australia Day to a day we can allll celebrate with pride, as perhaps celebrating our national maturity with the passing of the 1967 constitutional change. Or even the date of the first Commonwealth Parliament. We certainly should not celebrate the day we began to be such liars in our denial of historical facts.

    The Conservative Parties always fight change or modern reasoning. Consider their stance on the Flag (which has not always been that regularly displayed) and the National Anthem, which should be Woodley’s “I am, You are, We are Australian”

  6. Geoff  

    I thought the indigenous peoples already have a whole week to celebrate their origins, now they want to hijack the one day the rest of us have to celebrate our origins. Imagine if us whites wanted to interfere with their celebrations. While governments in this country bow down to whinging, unforgiving, ungrateful, greedy minorities we will never have equality. If equality is based on making up for the past, getting square, and using so called positive discrimination to adjust wrongs then equality is nothing more than wishful thinking.

  7. Geoff  

    I thought the indigenous peoples already have a whole week to celebrate their origins, now they want to hijack the one day the rest of us have to celebrate our origins. Imagine if us whites wanted to interfere with their celebrations. While governments in this country bow down to whinging, unforgiving, ungrateful, greedy minorities we will never have equality. If equality is based on making up for the past, getting square, and using so called positive discrimination to adjust wrongs then equality is nothing more than wishful thinking.

  8. Reen  

    Australia Day has always been and will always be celebrated on the 26th January and nothing and nobody can change that

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