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Thursday, 9 February 2017
Page: 451


Senator SIEWERT (Western AustraliaAustralian Greens Whip) (12:33): I move:

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.