Australian Associated Press have reported that the Australian Local Governments Association (ALGA), gathering in Canberra, has today (Tuesday) voted 64-62 for councils to consider efforts they could take to lobby the government for a date change for Australia Day.
A statement issued by ALGA said: “The ALGA board noted the level of debate and the closeness of the result of the debate and will take these matters into consideration when determining a course of action.”
Of 560 local councils represented by ALGA only 126 were at the Canberra meeting. This leaves room for doubt as to an overall opinion of councils’ for a change of date for Australia Day.
VOTE COULD BECOME AN ELECTION BATTLE GROUND
The vote by the local councils represented by ALGA at the meeting was close but an online poll published today shows nearly 78.87% of the population do not want change, 18.44% do and 2.69% are undecided.
Fremantle Council initiated a change and the national debate this year. With local council elections due in October the issue of a change of date could become a campaign point for voters to consider.