australia day

10 petitions

Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Malcolm Turnbull, National Australia Day Council

Australia Week - A whole 7 days to celebrate what's great!

Over the past year or so, there has been a push to change the date of Australia Day (currently January 26th) to another day, as the current day commemorates the landing of the First Fleet in 1788, which was the beginning of many wars, diseases, genocides and the detriment of Indigenous Aboriginal Australians and their culture. Obviously, this is not something to be celebrated, and this sad, regrettable past detracts from the the joyous occasion that is Australia Day. Changing the date would remove all connotations of this from our celebrations, and is a good idea, but that's not what this petition is about. Australians love pubic holidays. Unfortunately, we don't get enough of them to satisfy our thirst for a day off work, or a long weekend. So why is it that we have only a single day in our calendar dedicated to this great country of ours? Nearly half of our population aren't Christian, yet we have 4 days of public holidays for Easter, plus Christmas. If we have 5 days of the year set aside for traditions that little more than half of us religiously acknowledge, how is it that we have only one day to celebrate something that 100% of Australians are? At the moment, Australia Day, a nation-wide event for everyone, is on the same level as the Melbourne Cup is in Victoria, a single day public holiday. Is this fair? No! Can we do better? Yes!!! What we need is much more than Australia Day - we need an Australia Week! A whole 7 days to celebrate our beloved country, 5 days of public holidays, plus a weekend to finish it! Rather than use the current, fixed-date system, Australia Week would be on the first/second/third/last week of a month (e.g Last week of January, or 2nd week of October), and always start on a Monday and finish on a Sunday. We would have a whole 7 days of official holiday to celebrate our fantastic country with mates, family, friends, music, barbeques, backyard cricket, swimming, camping - whatever and however you choose to have fun and celebrate! So, if you'd like to dedicate a week to Australia, sign the petition, and share it around with your friends and family, and on all your social media. #AustraliaWeek 

Dalton Neville
87 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Federal Government of Australia

#ChangeTheDate of Australia Day to the 1st of January

The 26th of January as Australia Day doesn't make sense, we cannot unite on the day 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 will celebrate 117 years of Federation in 2018! This will 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. 

Phil Watson
13 supporters
Update posted 10 months ago

Petition to City of Wanneroo

A Horse Beach and Australia Day Picnic Races in Two Rocks, W.A.

With the closure of the horse beach at Mullaloo, there are now no beaches in the Northern Suburbs of Perth where people can legally take their horses and enjoy the benefits and fun of exercising their animals at the beach.  We propose a section of coastline in Two Rocks to be considered as a location for such an area. There is a good stretch of safe beach, free from rocks, reefs and obstacles located between the area known as 'The Spot' and the Two Rocks Dog Beach. This area is rarely utilised by the vast majority of locals as they prefer to swim at the Yanchep Lagoon and other more popular swimming spots - but there is plenty of room for everyone.   For at least the past 20 years the place has been illegally accessed by people who use 4wd vehicles to drive on the beach and they show little respect for the wildlife they impact upon. With the creation of a horse beach, there would be a disruption to this activity as a secondary benefit. Australia Day horse races and other equestrian events held at this beach  would increase tourism to the area and benefit the local economy.    Horse owners in the northern suburbs deserve to have a horse beach - and it would be wonderful to have an annual 'Bush Picnic' type race held on Australia Day as this is a traditional Aussie activity that doesn't seem to happen much any more. If we had an event such as an Australia Day Picnic Races it would draw interest from people outside of the City of Wanneroo and would be an excellent family day where young and old could experience the beauty of the area, the excitement of a horse race, the colour and spectacle of dressing up and celebrating our National Day and it would be something that everyone, not just horse owners and riders could be involved in.   Please sign this petition so it can be presented to the City of Wanneroo and lets get our horses a beautiful beach to enjoy. We live in the lucky country - and with a bit of luck, the Western Australian horse owners, horse lovers and general public will have somewhere to go and see why living really is great in the City of Wanneroo.  

jane eddington
116 supporters