australia day

17 petitions

Update posted 2 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
10 supporters
Update posted 8 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
Update posted 9 months ago

Petition to Malcolm Turnbull


Australia day is celebrated on 26th January each year but is not an historical celebation but one that has been celebrated over the last 25 years. I believe this day should be changed so that all Australians can unite together to celebrate our great country, in particular our first peoples, the traditional owners of this great land. The government talks about reconciliation and the unity of all Australian peoples.. and yet set a date that is painful for our indigenous peoples as to them it is the day that they were disenfranchised in their own land. A day that began a genocide of their people.. a day that began apartheid, enslavement and the stolen generation. They have fought in our wars and stood shoulder to shoulder with anglo saxon Australians, and yet failed to receive the same recognition as other soldiers u pon their return home. It is time for Australia at large to move forward. To be serious politically about steps toward reconciliation with our first people's. A time to acknowledge that there is much to be done, much that can and should be done in order for all Australians to stand proud and tall on a day that all can celebrate. For too long the government of this country have paid lip service to these important issues. Mabo and Wik did much but not enough and has been whittled away over time. We cannot stand proud as a nation in unity and solidarity while the festering wounds of the past remain unhealed.  Australia is about the 'celebration of a nation'! LET'S UNITE AND DO IT TOGETHER! CHANGE THE DATE!     

Heidi Onur
12 supporters