Third Melbourne council votes to scrap Australia Day celebrations
A third Melbourne council has voted to dump Australia Day celebrations.
After more than an hour of rowdy debate, Moreland City Council voted 7-4 to join its neighbours Yarra and Darebin councils, in the city’s north, in dropping all references to Australia Day on January 26.
But it narrowly voted to keep its citizenship ceremony on January 26.
The Federal Government stripped the City of Yarra and Darebin of their right to host the ceremonies after their decisions.
Darebin council voted in favour of scrapping their citizenship ceremonies on January 26 to hold the event on another day.
The City of Yarram, which represents Melbourne’s inner north-eastern suburbs including Richmond and Fitzroy, voted to replace its Australia Day citizenship ceremony with an event to mark the “loss of Indigenous culture”.
It also voted to drop all references to Australia Day in official communications, and continue to officially support the change-the-date campaign.
The move drew strong criticism from some corners, including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, and prompted the Federal Government to strip it of its powers to hold citizenship ceremonies.
The group carried Australian flags and protest signs while shouting and chanting with megaphones.
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