Australia Day celebrations in parts of Sydney can be canceled in favor of an Aboriginal festival.
The Inner West Council of Sydney is expected to vote next week on a motion that would move Australia Day events from January 26.
The proposal comes after Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has ordered that any council that refuses to hold citizenship ceremonies on Australia Day should not hold it at all.
Mayor Darcy Byrne told the Sydney Morning Herald the council plans to move celebrations at Enmore Park to another date, but would continue to hold citizenship ceremonies.
Australia Day celebrations in parts of Sydney can be canceled in favor of an Aboriginal festival. Two women celebrate the national day at Bondi Beach in January
& # 39; We are trying to adopt a more respectful approach until January 26 and recognize that for Aboriginal people it is the beginning of colonization, expropriation, the removal of children and the deliberate destruction of language and culture, & # 39; said Byrne.
& # 39; There is a growing number of local communities and people all over Australia who think January 26 should be a memorial, not a celebration and the constant pain that Aboriginals feel they should not be aggravated by fireworks and festivals. & # 39;
This would also prevent it from interfering with the Aboriginal festival Yabun, which celebrates the Aboriginal and Torrest Strait Islander culture.
Yabun includes musical performances, stalls, community gatherings and is held on the same day in nearby Camperdown.
The proposal will be put to the vote on Tuesday and is expected to be approved with the support of Labor Council members and the Greens.
However, independent Victor Macri claimed that the community had not been properly consulted about the plan.
& # 39; We are the party capital of Sydney and now we want to cancel Australia Day? & # 39; Said Mr. Macri.
The Inner West Council of Sydney intends to submit a proposal to change the date of the Australia Day celebration Shown: Anti-Australia Day protesters in Melbourne in 2017
Macri claims that the community will be disappointed if the Australia Day celebration is moved because it is always a great day for families.
The Inner West Council debated for the first time the scrapping of the celebrations last year after the Greens-led campaign to change the date.
The debate about changing the date has been going on for years, with the expression & # 39; Happy Australia Day & # 39; called politically incorrect earlier this year.
Leading advocate for Aboriginal culture, heritage and awareness Kado Muir said the phrase & # 39; Happy Australia Day & # 39; an & # 39; ignorant gesture & # 39; used to be.
He called on the Australians to engage in the debate over & # 39; basic destroying emotions & # 39; and instead shift the focus to the aspects that unite the country.
Leading Aboriginal campaigner Cheree Toka said that many people use the term & # 39; Australia Day & # 39; exchanged for & # 39; Survival Day & # 39 ;.
Mayor Darcy Byrne said the parties at Enmore Park would be moved to another date (photo: Australia Day parties)
Critics have argued that this day marked the beginning of great suffering and torment for indigenous people and should not be celebrated.
For many Native Australians, who have followed their descent for 50,000 years on the continent, it is & # 39; Invasion Day & # 39 ;, the beginning of British colonization of Aboriginal countries and their brutal submission.
Although opinion polls suggest that up to half of the country supports the changing Australia Day, the conservative government is under pressure to legally anchor January 26 as a national holiday.
In April, prominent journalist Stan Grant said that moving Australia Day would be pointless because some of his indigenous peoples are married to complaints.
Mr. Byrne said that if Australia Day celebrations are moved, it will no longer compete with the Aboriginal festival, Yabun. Aboriginals are pictured during the Woggan ma gule Morning Ceremony at Farm Cove in Sydney on an earlier day in Australia
Grant, an award-winning Aboriginal Heritage journalist, debated the issue in a piece that was published in an edition of The Weekend Australian magazine.
He argued that changing the date of Australia Day could leave January 26 as a day honored by white chauvinists and risked making the national day more divisive.
Grant added that some Aboriginals would also not be satisfied with the date change because resentment was part of their & # 39; identity & # 39 ;.
In November last year, Mr. Dutton threatened that any council that refused to hold citizenship ceremonies on Australia Day should not hold it at all.
& # 39; I don't care if people try to move it in an obvious way or play games – the intention is very clear, & # 39; he told 2GB radio at the time.
& # 39; The rules are fairly clear. If they do not adhere to it, they will find that they are unable to perform the ceremony. & # 39;
Nearly 80 percent of Australians are against changing the date of the national day – find polls
An overwhelming majority of Australians reject calls to move the national day of the country from January 26, according to the survey findings earlier this year.
Polls commissioned by the Institute of Public Affairs, a conservative think tank, showed that only 10 percent of people surveyed want to change the date of Australia Day.
Young Australians were even less welcome with the idea of moving the date from January 26, which many native Australians consider Invasion Day.
An overwhelming majority of Australians reject calls to move the country's national day from January 26, according to new polls
"Only eight percent of young people between the ages of 18 and 24 say Australia Day should not be celebrated on January 26," Dr. Bella d & # 39; Abrera of the IPA.
& # 39; (It) proves that despite the media and the political left story, young people are not attracted to the two-pronged argument of opposing our national day. & # 39;
In a separate poll of 1,659 people, conducted by the conservative lobby group Advance Australia, 78 percent of those surveyed were proud to celebrate the Australia Day on January 26.
& # 39; The results are in – January 26 is not a day for division and protest, but rather a day for all Australians to celebrate & # 39 ;, said the group's national director, Gerard Benedet.
Many indigenous people find it offensive the date their ancestors lost their sovereignty to British colonialists to celebrate a holiday.
Many indigenous people regard January 26 as Invasion Day or Survival Day and find it offensive the date their ancestors lost their sovereignty to British colonialists
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