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Thursday, 17 August 2017
Page: 5956

Senator SIEWERT (Western AustraliaAustralian Greens Whip) (12:35): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator SIEWERT: The Greens will not be supporting this motion. The Greens do proudly stand with Aboriginal people who are calling for a change to the date of Australia Day. Aboriginal people see 26 January as Invasion Day. We will never be a truly reconciled nation while we put Australia Day on the date that they see as the day of dispossession and invasion. We stand proudly here today saying we want Australia Day to be on a day that is not 26 January, and where we collectively decide on a date where we can celebrate this wonderful country, where we are not once again marginalising and discriminating against the first nations of this place. We stand proudly to say, 'Change the date'.