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Council changes Aus Day events

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A council in Tasmania's north has voted to scrap official Australia Day celebrations and move citizenship ceremonies to another date.

Launceston City Council unanimously voted for the changes out of respect for the country's indigenous people.

Mayor Albert van Zetten maintains it's appropriate to hold citizenship ceremonies off Australia Day as "not everyone celebrates the day".

"We did this to be an inclusive council and city where we recognise the Aboriginal community," he said.

It brings the council into line with Flinders Island and a number of municipalities interstate.

It has replaced its National Australia Day Awards program with a community awards ceremony to now be held on January 25, however the shift could be overruled by the Morrison Government, who earlier this year pledged to introduce legislation making it mandatory for councils to hold citizenship ceremonies on January 26.

Several Victorian councils have been stripped of the power to hold citizenship ceremonies after voting for Australia Day event changes.

Mr van Zetten said the council would abide by any directions from the Federal Government.

"Yes there will be people who are disappointed and who don't understand."

He says they're looking to include the Aboriginal community.

"I'd just like to remind people, go back and have a look at the history," he said.