Change the date of Australia Day poll

Greens Party leader, Senator Richard Di Natale. Picture: Alex Ellinghausen
Greens Party leader, Senator Richard Di Natale. Picture: Alex Ellinghausen

The debate about whether to change the date of Australia Day continues to rage with federal Greens leader Richard Di Natale announcing this week a controversial new campaign.

Senator Di Natale says his team will coordinate with more than 100 Greens councillors scattered across the country to support the "change the date" movement and turbocharge the public debate.

He wants more local councils to follow the lead of Yarra, Darebin and Fremantle, which have all made some moves to dump Australia Day celebrations from January 26 and move them to a different day.

"All Australians want a day on which we can come together and to celebrate our wonderfully diverse, open and free society - but January 26 is not that day," Senator Di Natale told Fairfax Media.

"It's time that we stop papering over an issue that for 200 years has been so divisive and painful for so many of our citizens."

Mount Hunter resident and former opposition leader Mark Latham is spearheading the ‘save the date’ campaign.

“The ABC and activists were pushing to change the date but we don’t want to lose our national day to celebrate and extend that ‘Big Brother’ feeling that is happening in this country,” he said.

Campbelltown, Camden and Wollondilly council will hold Australia Day celebrations on Friday, January 26 this year.

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