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Senate votes down Greens motion to Change the Date, despite another year of growing community momentum

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Rachel Siewert 5 Dec 2018

I’m disappointed that the Senate has voted down my motion calling on the Government to consult with First Nations communities to change the day we celebrate Australia.

“We have seen some exciting developments this year with more local councils and community leaders working for justice in their communities.

“It’s disappointing that after the strong community support for the Uluru Statement from the Heart and the tabling of the report on Constitutional Recognition just last week that the major parties won’t even commit to this small step.

“It is very damaging to our community to keep denying the truth of how Australia was colonised by celebrating our country on January 26.

“As part of the process of truth, justice and healing it is important that we tell the truth about our history and acknowledge it is no longer appropriate to celebrate this nation on January 26.

“The Greens are committed to working with First Nations peoples and the community to find a day where we can all come together and celebrate. I hope that the major parties will join us.”

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