Darebin council considers changing date in line with neighbouring Yarra, which has been stripped of its power to hold citizenship ceremonies

A second Melbourne council will vote on whether to follow Yarra Council and scrap its Australia Day citizenship ceremony, despite warnings from the Turnbull government that it will lose the right to hold future citizenship ceremonies.

Darebin council, which borders the inner-city local government area of Yarra and runs from Northcote to Bundoora and Reservoir, will hold an urgent vote at its Monday meeting on whether to commit to following the Yarra in moving its traditional Australia Day activities from 26 January to a less politically contentious date, or whether to keep the current events in place while it lobbies the federal government as part of the #changethedate campaign.

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