January 24, 2014
Australia Day needs new date, say Greens
Australia Day should be moved to the date a republic is declared, says Greens leader Christine Milne.
Senator Milne has reiterated a longstanding Green policy to change the date from January 26.
She says Australians want to celebrate the good things about their country without offending Aboriginal people, who have dubbed the day Invasion Day.
“We would like to see that change,” Senator Milne told reporters in Hobart.
“There would an opportunity to do that if Australia was to become a republic.
“That would provide an opportunity to change the date and reframe the day.”
Former Greens leader Bob Brown will be among the speakers when the Tasmanian Aboriginal community rallies in Hobart on Sunday calling for a new date for the national celebration.