Reconciliation Day in ACT in 2020

Reconciliation Day in ACT in 2020
  How long until Reconciliation Day?
This holiday next takes place in 322 days.
  Dates of Reconciliation Day in ACT
2021 Mon, May 31Regional Holiday
2020 Mon, Jun 1Regional Holiday
2019 Mon, May 27Regional Holiday
2018 Mon, May 28Regional Holiday
  Summary
Marks the anniversary of the 1967 referendum which changed the constitution

When is Reconciliation Day in ACT?

Reconciliation Day is a public holiday celebrated in the Australian Capital Territory region of Australia. Canberra is the only city in the territory.

The holiday is taken on the Monday on or after 27th May.

History of Reconciliation Day

This holiday marks the anniversary of the 1967 Australian Referendum. It also marks the start of National Reconciliation Week.

Called by the Holt Government, the Australian referendum of 27 May 1967 approved two amendments to the Australian constitution relating to Indigenous Australians.

The amendments were overwhelmingly endorsed, with 90.77% of votes cast in favour of the amendments and carrying in all six states. The amendments changed sections 51(xxvi), and 127, leading to the effect of including Aboriginal Australians in determinations of the population, and also empowering the Federal Parliament to legislate specifically for this racial group.

The amendments did not give Aboriginal people the right to vote - that had been introduced in 1962 - or citizenship, as most of the specific federal and state laws that discriminated against Aboriginal people had already been repealed by 1967.

ACT became the first jurisdiction in Australia to gazette a Reconciliation Day holiday when a bill to amend the Holidays Act passed with tripartisan support in the ACT Legislative Assembly on Thursday 14 September 2017.

Family & Community Day

In 2018, this holiday replaced Family & Community Day which was observed for the last time on Monday 25 September 2017.

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