“One of the things we need to do is seek ways to unite Australia, rather than engage in culture wars. It’s really counterproductive,” he said.
“I think that we do need to recognise that Australia Day for Indigenous Australians is a difficult day.
“Yes, modern Australia, is connected with the arrival of migrants, but that had an impact, a terrible impact, a devastating impact, indeed, on First Australians.
“It’s an opportunity to educate people about dispossession and the consequences of it. And it’s given a focus on that day.”
Amid celebrations across Australia, thousands are once again expected to march at Invasion Day rallies on 26 January.
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Mr Albanese’s local council, Sydney’s Inner West Council, voted in November to shift its Australia Day celebrations to another date.
Labor Mayor Darcy Byrne acknowledged that some residents would be disappointed by the decision, but said the events usually scheduled on 26 January would go ahead on different dates.
"There's nothing to be lost here but there is a better and more sombre, more respectful way to mark the day in the inner west," Cr Byrne told SBS News at the time.