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Australia Day Public Holiday Alternatives Being Considered

Source: ABC (Canberra)
Posted: Sunday, January 24, 2021

As we near another Australia Day public holiday, the recurring debate on the possible cancellation and/or moving of the date of this public holiday, is back in the news.

Some of the alternative dates mentioned as replacement for the Australia Day public holiday are:

• January 1, to coincide with the 1901 creation of the Commonwealth of Australia.

• First Monday in February, to remain in the Australian summer.

• May 9, corresponding to the day when Australia became a self-governing federation in 1901.

• May 26, which is marked as National Sorry Day ("remembers and acknowledges the mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were forcibly removed from their families and communities").

• May 27: when in 1967, Australians voted in a historic referendum to allow the Federal Government to make laws for Indigenous Australians, and to include them in the census (2017-09-13).

• July 30: the date when Australia Day was first observed in 1915.

• September 17, when in 1973, the White Australia policy was finally shelved.

Note, in closing, that polls still show that a large majority of Australians support keeping Australia Day on January 26, to commemorate the arrival of the First Fleet in Port Jackson.

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