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senate vote 2017-02-09#2

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  • The majority voted against a [motion](http://www.openaustralia.org.au/senate/?id=2017-02-09.31.1) introduced by Australian Greens Party Senator [Rachel Siewert](https://theyvoteforyou.org.au/people/senate/wa/rachel_siewert) (WA), which means it was unsuccessful. The motion called for the governments of Australia (federal, state and territory) to change the date of [Australia Day](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_Day) "*so that all Australians can participate in celebrating this national day*".
  • This year, [thousands of Australians took part in rallies](http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-26/australia-day-invasion-day-protests-aboriginal-indigenous/7115086) around the country to mark 26 January as the mark of invasion.
  • ### Motion text
  • > *That the Senate—*
  • > *(a) acknowledges:*
  • >> *(i) that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the First Peoples of these lands and waters,*
  • >> *(ii) that 26 January is a day of mourning for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as it represents the beginning of colonisation, and*
  • >> *(iii) the call from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, local governments and community support to change the date; and*
  • > *(b) calls on federal, state and territory governments to change the date of Australia Day so that all Australians can participate in celebrating this national day.*
  • > *(b) calls on federal, state and territory governments to change the date of Australia Day so that all Australians can participate in celebrating this national day.*
senate vote 2017-02-09#2

Edited by mackay

on 2017-02-11 01:07:08

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  • Motions Australia Day
  • Motions - Australia Day - Change the date

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  • <p class="speaker">Rachel Siewert</p>
  • <p>I move:</p>
  • <p class="italic">That the Senate&#8212;</p>
  • The majority voted against a [motion](http://www.openaustralia.org.au/senate/?id=2017-02-09.31.1) introduced by Australian Greens Party Senator [Rachel Siewert](https://theyvoteforyou.org.au/people/senate/wa/rachel_siewert) (WA), which means it was unsuccessful. The motion called for the governments of Australia (federal, state and territory) to change the date of [Australia Day](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_Day) "*so that all Australians can participate in celebrating this national day*".
  • ### Motion text
  • > *That the Senate—*
  • > *(a) acknowledges:*
  • >> *(i) that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the First Peoples of these lands and waters,*
  • >> *(ii) that 26 January is a day of mourning for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as it represents the beginning of colonisation, and*
  • >> *(iii) the call from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, local governments and community support to change the date; and*
  • > *(b) calls on federal, state and territory governments to change the date of Australia Day so that all Australians can participate in celebrating this national day.*
  • <p class="italic">(a) acknowledges:</p>
  • <p class="italic">&#160;&#160;(i) that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the First Peoples of these lands and waters,</p>
  • <p class="italic">&#160;&#160;(ii) that 26 January is a day of mourning for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as it represents the beginning of colonisation, and</p>
  • <p class="italic">&#160;&#160;(iii) the call from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, local governments and community support to change the date; and</p>
  • <p class="italic">(b) calls on federal, state and territory governments to change the date of Australia Day so that all Australians can participate in celebrating this national day.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">James McGrath</p>
  • <p>I seek leave to make a short statement.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Cory Bernardi</p>
  • <p>Leave is granted for one minute.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">James McGrath</p>
  • <p>The government's response is no.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Alex Gallacher</p>
  • <p>I seek leave to make a short statement.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Cory Bernardi</p>
  • <p>Leave is granted for one minute.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Alex Gallacher</p>
  • <p>It is a bit longer than the last short statement, but it is still short. The opposition opposes this motion, and we proudly celebrate our national day. Australia Day should be a day of national celebration and national pride on which we can celebrate all the good things that it means to be Australian and the great fortune we have to live in this country.</p>
  • <p>This of course does not mean forgetting our scars, and the opposition understands that for many First Australians this date still carries much sadness, following too many years of injuries and indignities great and small. The opposition believes that we as a nation must honour the keepers of the world's oldest living culture, the caretakers of this ancient continent. We must pledge ourselves to working together for a more equal future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Cory Bernardi</p>
  • <p>The question is that the motion moved by Senator Siewert, No. 184, be agreed to.</p>