New dates mooted for Australia Day

Another Australia Day has passed with celebrations, protests and suggestions of alternative, less contentious dates to mark the national day. The Wattle Day Association wants the date shifted to the first day of spring, September 1, pointing out that Wattle Day has been celebrated at state and territory level for more than a century. “[It] […]

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Women receive highest Australia Day honour

Women were three of five recipients of the highest honour on Australia Day this year as pressure mounted for greater gender diversity in the once male-dominated honours system. Queensland Chief Justice Catherine Holmes and Victorian Professor Margaret Gardner also received Companions of the Order of Australia, alongside the Royal North Shore Hospital’s Professor Bruce Robinson […]

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Australia Day focus on fires, indigenous

Tributes to indigenous culture and bushfire heroes will be the hallmark of Australia Day celebrations. Prime Minister Scott Morrison will preside in Canberra at one of 454 ceremonies which will see a record 27,419 people conferred citizenship. He’ll be joined in the national capital by 2020 Australian of the Year, eye surgeon Dr James Muecke, […]

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