One more Australian council is taking a stand on Australia Day celebrations.
Following the lead of the city of Fremantle and two other Melbourne councils, Yarra and Darebin, Moreland City Council has decided to stop festivities on Jan. 26. It will, however, keep citizenship ceremonies on the date.
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The decision was made during a meeting on Wednesday, with councillors voting 7-4 to drop references to Australia Day on the date, reported ABC News.
Australia's national day has long been contentious, but recently efforts to move celebrations on its date have gained traction. Jan. 26 marks the day European colonists settled in Australia in 1788, a date which marks dispossession of and violence toward Indigenous Australians. Read more...More about Australia, Indigenous Rights, Indigenous, Aboriginal, and Indigenous Australians