A call for national conversation
The history of Australia Day is intrinsically linked with the history of Australian Unity. The Australian Natives’ Association (ANA), one of Australian Unity’s predecessor organisations, lobbied with other parties for the creation of a national day. On 26 January 1888, Australia Day was first celebrated as Foundation Day. In the context of Australian Unity’s particular history and involvement with Australia Day, we are considering our responsibility to lobby once again on this front.
In 2016 we initiated a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to help build stronger relationships and opportunities for, and with, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
As part of this plan we are now calling for a national conversation on whether the current date of 26 January should be changed to one more inclusive and respectful to all Australians.
Read our Reconciliation Action Plan to learn more.