Labor & the Greens have opposed Father’s Day and Australia Day in the Senate

Here’s the full detail on Labor and the Greens opposing Father’s Day and Australia Day in the Senate:

Senate Motion on Australia Day

The following motion was moved on Thursday, 17 August 2017:

That the Senate—

(a) condemns the move by the City of Yarra Council to change the way it marks Australia Day;

(b) endorses the remarks by the Prime Minister that this attack on Australia Day by the City of Yarra is a repudiation of the values of 'freedom, a fair go, mateship and diversity';

(c) stands resolute in its view that Australia Day is a day that all Australians come together as a nation, to celebrate the values that make Australia great and that make people proud of Australian citizenship;

(d) notes that all Australian states and territories have celebrated Australia Day on 26 January since 1935; and

(e) calls on the Australian Government to strip the City of Yarra Council of its authorisation to conduct citizenship ceremonies.

Labor and the Greens opposed this motion in a Division.

Senate Motion on Fathers Day

Senators Abetz, O’Sullivan, Reynolds, Seselja and Gichuhi on Wednesday, 6 September 2017 moved:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

   (i) Father's Day recognises the contribution that fathers make to their children's lives, and is celebrated by millions of families on the first Sunday of September every year, and

   (ii) Dads4Kids Father's Day advertisements have been aired on Australian television since 2002 without being classed as political;

(b) rejects any determination that implies honouring the role of the father on Father's Day is a political message; and

(c) laments that public discourse has entered a phase where it is debated whether the image of a father singing a lullaby to his child is a contentious political message.

Labor and the Greens opposed this motion.

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