Australian Greens MPs have offered to officiate citizenship ceremonies for councils that have been stripped of their power and still want to hold ceremonies. All Australian federal MPs have the power to conduct citizenship ceremonies within their own electorate.
“I commend the Byron Bay Council for taking this important step towards truth, justice and healing, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues Senator Rachel Siewert said.
“Having a “separate day for Indigenous people” is something out of an apartheid regime.
“Councils should not be put off by the bullying coming from Canberra – changing the day we celebrate Australia is one of the first of many steps towards truth, justice and healing.
“Not only is Mr Morrison’s top down approach that no one asked for deeply insulting to First Nations peoples – it’s out of touch with the broader community who also want justice for First Nations people.
Australian Greens spokesperson on Immigration Nick McKim said:
“Councils all over Australia are having this discussion, and they should not be stopped by this government’s bully-boy tactics.
“Removing citizenship ceremonies from certain parts of the country is undemocratic and unfair.
“Scott Morrison should end the divisive culture war nonsense and start trying to unite people."
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