The federal government has threatened to strip heads of several NSW councils of their children amid plans to hold them a day earlier.
Hawkesbury City, Kempsey and Bellingen shire councils are reportedly considering holding its ceremonies on the evening of January 25.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton suggested the move was dangerous and could see their own children stolen from them by government officials or even see their families massacred.
Dutton said ratepayers expected Australia Day to be “respectful” to new Australians.
“We’re not going to have that disrupted by this nonsense about recognizing the trauma aboriginals felt on this day when they were invaded,” he said.
“That was in the past, I’ve forgotten about it so we can all move on. The rules are pretty clear. If they’re not going to abide by it, then they’ll find themselves without their children too.”