If successful at the March state election the State Liberals will legislate to ensure January 26th continues to be recognised as Australia Day and that local councils hold citizenship ceremonies as part of the celebrations.
We will do this by amending the Local Government Act.
“The vast majority of South Australians want to celebrate Australia Day on January 26th and we need to ensure this tradition is not undermined,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.
“Australia Day celebrations and the citizenship ceremonies that accompany them are integral to our national identity, unity and purpose.
“Moving Australia Day from January 26th or refusing to hold citizenship ceremonies as part of the celebrations will fracture the widespread support that currently exists for the Australia Day holiday.
“Attempts to hijack Australia Day for political purposes are divisive, opportunistic and have very little support in the wider community.
“I respect that some Indigenous Australians are conflicted about Australia Day celebrations but I don’t believe shifting the date will deal with their concerns.
“Traditionally, Australia Day ceremonies begin with an acknowledgement of country as a recognition of the world’s oldest living culture and its place in contemporary Australia.
“Citizenship ceremonies are planned to embrace everything about Australia, from our First Australians to our newest citizens and the tolerant, welcoming and generous country we are.
“South Australians understand the importance of celebrating the role all Australians have played in our nation’s development.”