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'Indulgent self-loathing': Scott Morrison denounces council's Australia Day date change

The Invasion Day rally in Redfern on January 26, 2018. Source: AAP

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has declared Australia Day can be held on January 26 and still be 'respectful'.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has described moving the date of Australia Day as 'indulgent self-loathing', after the Byron Shire Council became the latest council to change the date of its Australia Day events. 

Last week, the northern New South Wales council announced it will move its Australia Day celebrations a day forward to January 25 next year, in order to acknowledge that January 26 marks "the day the cultural decimation and denigration of the First Australians began".

On Sunday Mr Morrison tweeted in response to an article in the Daily Telegraph, saying "indulgent self-loathing doesn't make Australia stronger".

"Being honest about our past does," he said. 

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