Letter to the editor writer Clive Hodges argues that Australia Day should be January 1 - the day Australia became a nation.
Letter to the editor writer Clive Hodges argues that Australia Day should be January 1 - the day Australia became a nation. Tom Huntley

LETTER: What's in a date? A lot when it's Australia Day

THIS year, Australia Day falls on a Thursday and employers are anticipating a number of employees will be phoning in 'sick' the following day, a Friday.

January 26 - the date of the English invasion - is an inappropriate day to be called Australia Day.

Australia Day should be January 1, the day Australia became a nation.

On January 1, 1901, six British colonies united to form the Commonwealth of Australia.

This year, if January 1 had already been declared Australia Day, there would've been no public holiday on Thursday, January 26.

The New Year's Day public holiday need not be lost however.

I suggest this public holiday become a 'floating public holiday' to be decided each year.

For example, this year Monday, April 24, (the day before Anzac Day) could've been declared a public holiday thereby allowing families a long weekend.  

- Clive Hodges, St Lucia


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