City of Darebin Mayor Kim Le Cerf (second left) and City of Yarra Mayor Amanda Stone (second right)

Controversy about Australia Day is intensifying. Triple J has consulted its listeners about moving the popular Hottest 100 Countdown from January 26th. Debate is taking place in council chambers across the country. Melbourne’s Yarra Council was savaged by Prime Minister Turnbull in parliament last week because the councillors had decided to cancel official ceremonies on January 26. But this week neighbouring Darebin Council voted six to two to follow suit and to be similarly chastised by the federal government.