A Marshall Liberal Government will legislate to ensure January 26 continues to be recognised as Australia Day and that local councils hold citizenship ceremonies as part of the celebrations.
In ensuring citizenship ceremonies remain part of Australia Day celebrations, our legislation will accommodate those councils which traditionally have their Australia Day events just before or just after 26 January.
There is continuing debate about when Australia Day should be celebrated, including having citizenship ceremonies as part of the celebrations.
Local government councils play a major role in arranging and hosting these celebrations but there has been a move within some councils to change when and how Australia marks its national day.
Our Australia Day celebrations receive wide community support and it’s important they are not used to divide our nation by raising questions about our national identity and attempts to re-write Australian history.
That’s why we will legislate to ensure Australia Day traditions can continue.