Sydney man Brett Mason says 26th January is historically significant and the right and proper day to celebrate Australia Day, unless it happens to fall on a weekend, in which case 28th January is definitely the right date to celebrate it.
“The first fleet arrived on 26th January – that’s a fact. You can’t just go changing the date of Australia Day to some other date, it would become meaningless”, Mason said, while putting the finishing touches to his Aussie themed barbeque for Monday.
“People have suggested 1st January or 8th May as an alternative for Australia day. But what significance do those dates have?” he said, adding he was looking forward to having a day off to mark Arthur Phillip’s historic third day in Australia.