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Let National Wattle Day end the Australia Day arguments

 

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Message from Terry Fewtrell on National Wattle Day - 1 September 2017

Friday marks the first day of spring and National Wattle Day – a celebration of Australia and its people that first took place in 1910.

President of the Wattle Day Association, Terry Fewtrell, believes linking Australia Day with Wattle Day could unite the country.

First it was Fremantle, then Hobart and now Melbourne. Something is stirring. Local councils around the country are increasingly calling for something to change about our celebration of Australia Day on 26 January. It marks the arrival of the First Fleet at Port Jackson in 1788. It has changed previously, being known at earlier times as First Landing Day or Foundation Day. There is no reason why it can’t change in some ways again.

 

 

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