More pressing concerns than Australia Day date, says reconciliation WA co-chairman

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SHARING a “snag” and recognising hardships that the Australian culture has been through to get where it is today are more important than the date of Australia Day, according to Reconciliation WA co-chairman Gary Smith.

At the 2018 Australia Day launch held at the City of Perth this morning, Mr Smith said Australia Day was a day where all West Australians could celebrate and enjoy the uniqueness of the Australian culture.

“It’s about understanding the hardships and difficult moments in time that it has taken us to get here… and to share a snag together,” he said.

His co-chairwoman Carol Innes said “there was lots more to focus on in our community that the change of date”.

Governor Kerry Sanderson said Australia Day was about mateship, kindness, relaxing and having a safe and enjoyable day.

Ms Sanderson farewelled the Western Australian Australia of the Year recipients – Samantha Kerr, Peter Lyndon-James, Tracy Westerman and Kathleen Mazzella – who fly to Canberra today for the announcement of the Australian of the Year awards on Thursday night.

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