ACT makes Reconciliation Day a public holiday

Saturday, September 30, 2017

The ACT government has declared a Reconciliation Day public holiday on the first Monday on or after the 1967 Referendum anniversary date of May 27, which marks the start of Reconciliation Week.

It is the first time in Australia an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-focused public holiday has been created.

Professor Tom Calma of Reconciliation Australia said he hoped it signalled a shift to celebrating multiculturalism, rather than the proclamation of Australia on January 26.

"Now the ACT government has taken that move there's now potential to reconsider what January 26 means and what it is we're celebrating," he said.

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