PM sets deadline for councils’ Australia Day plans

September 26, 2018

Every council in Australia has been given until next month to ­reveal whether they will comply with the Morrison Government’s tough stance on Australia Day citizenship ­celebrations.

The Conservative Party strongly supports Australia Day celebrations remaining on 26 January and says any thought of changing the day would be appeasement of petty left-wing tokenism.

The Courier Mail reports, Multicultural Affairs Minister David Coleman wrote to every ­council last night to question whether they would comply with the Australian Citizenship Ceremonies Code next year – warning they would be stripped of holding the formalities if they did not.

It came after Prime Minister Scott Morrison yesterday flatly ruled out changing the date of ­Australia Day and stripped an “indulgent” and “self-loathing” Byron Shire Council of its right to hold citizenship ceremonies,making it the third municipality to lose the right to host ceremonies after it brought its Australia Day ceremonies forward a day to January 25, citing indigenous hurt as the reason.

Last Australia Day, Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi came under fire for releasing a list of the "AC100", the top 100 Australian songs, on Australia Day because radio station Triple J moved the day to play its "Hottest 100".

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