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The 26th of January as Australia Day doesn't make sense, we cannot unite on the date that the British started colonisation here in 1788. We need a date we can ALL CELEBRATE! #changethedate to January 1. "Australia Day should be a source of unity, pride and celebration that reflects the identities, histories and cultures of all Australians." Justin Mohamed, CEO of Reconciliation Australia. January 26 represents Invasion Day and Genocide. It's also a day of mourning for Aboriginal people as they grieve the loss of thousands of Aboriginal people who were massacred during colonisation. It is Survival Day for Aboriginal people too. But not a date to celebrate Australia as a nation. Aboriginal people have been here for over 65,000 years! They are the First Nations, let's respect them. Change the date of Australia Day to January 1st, because that was the uniting of our nation as the Federation of Australia in 1901. We celebrate 117 years of Federation in 2018! This can bring the states and territories together. This act made Australia separate from Britain as a federated nation. We need a date that symbolises our independence as a nation. The Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act was proclaimed on 1st January 1901 in Centennial Park, Sydney with Sir Edmund Barton as the first Prime Minister of Australia! Changing the date is important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We need to respect the first nations as the traditional owners of the land. This will be a big step for reconciliation. Other dates that have been proposed are May 8, but this holds no historical significance and may clash with mothers day; March 3 for Australia Act 1986, but this has little meaning as a lesser known date involving politicians and may clash with Labour day WA. January 1st has historical significance to celebrate as the anniversary of Federation and unites Australia! Please sign the petition and #changethedate. This requires Federal Government approval as a National Public Holiday. Another holiday can be generated in lieu of January 26 or rename that holiday, and New Year's Day will coincide with Australia day.