Moreland City Council joins Cities of Yarra and Darebin

Moreland Council, in Melbourne's north, voted 7-4 on the 13th of September 2017 that January 26 will no longer be referred to as Australia Day, and it supported action to change the date of Australia's national day. 

The successful motion, proposed by Greens councillor and deputy mayor Samantha Ratnam, states "January 26 marks the beginning of the British invasion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lands and oppression of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people".

Earlier this year, the council voted to keep citizenship ceremonies on January 26, a decision that was upheld at Wednesday night's meeting. 

Ms Carli-Hannan said it was a tough decision, but one that supported the views of Moreland's diverse migrant community. 

Cr Ratnam "We took a big step in the right direction tonight. We have more work to do but we won't stop until we achieve reconciliation and justice for the wrongs done to our First Nations people".

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