Australia Day

If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Liberal Government will legislate to ensure January 26 continues to be recognised as Australia Day and that local councils hold citizenship ceremonies as part of the celebrations.

The Problem

There is continuing debate about when Australia Day should be celebrated including having citizenship ceremonies as part of the celebrations.

Local government councils play a major role in arranging and hosting these celebrations but there has been a move within some councils to change when and how Australia marks its national day.

Traditionally, Australia Day ceremonies begin with an acknowledgement of country.

They are planned to embrace everything about Australia, from our First Australians to our newest citizens.

Our Australia Day celebrations receive wide community support and it’s important they are not used to divide our nation by raising questions about our national identity and attempts to re-write Australian history.

The State Liberals' Plan

If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Liberal Government will legislate to ensure January 26 continues to be recognised as Australia Day and that local councils hold citizenship ceremonies as part of the celebrations.

We will do this by amending the Local Government Act.

All prospective citizens who have successfully applied should have the right to receive their citizenship during the celebration of Australia Day if they so wish.

This should not be put in doubt by any politically motivated opposition to celebrating Australia Day and holding citizenship ceremonies as part of these celebrations.

Australia Day must remain a time which unites Australians.

We want local councils and communities to continue to play a central role in celebrating Australia and raising awareness of the importance and benefits of citizenship.

A Marshall Liberal Government will take this action recognising that in South Australia, the State Government has constitutional responsibility for the affairs of local councils.

In ensuring citizenship ceremonies remain part of Australia Day celebrations, our legislation will accommodate those councils which traditionally have their Australia Day events just before or just after 26 January.

Part of our plan for SA