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The Greens are actively throwing their support behind the campaign to change the date of Australia Day.

Greens councillors across the country who launch local campaigns to move the January 26 date have been told they can count on the full support and resources of the national party.

“All Australians want a day on which we can come together and to celebrate our wonderfully diverse, open and free society – but January 26 is not that day,” Greens leader Richard Di Natale told Fairfax Media on Sunday.

“It’s time that we stop papering over an issue that for 200 years has been so divisive and painful for so many of our citizens.”

Indigenous leaders have been pushing for the change in recent years, saying January 26 marks the date the First Fleet landed in Sydney Cove in 1788, marking the beginning of British colonisation.

However, there is a great deal of resistance from different quarters to the move, including from the Turnbull government.


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