26th January 2015 was also the date that Alexis Tsipras was sworn in as prime minister of Greece.
Yarra City Council is composed of nine councillors elected proportionally as three separate wards, each electing three Councillors. All Councillors are elected for a fixed four-year term of office. The Mayor is elected by the Councillors at the first meeting of the Council, and is still to be determined after the 2016 election. The most recent election was held in October 2016. 
Victorian Greens 4 Australian Labor Party 2 Independent 2 Socialist Party 1 Total 9 (The Socialist Party in Australia used to be called the Communist Party and is the equivalent of Greece's KKE. Together with the Victorian Greens it has a majority on the Yarra Council.)
Note that there is NO right-wing representation on the Council.
Just 81 residents called for Australia Day changes
Darebin Mayor Kim Le Cerf, right, with her Yarra counterpart Amanda Stone yesterday.
The Australian 12:00AM August 23, 2017
Samantha Hutchinson Victorian State Political Writer
Melbourne’s City of Darebin faces accusations from the state government, several of its own councillors and a local Wurundjeri elder that it didn’t properly consult the community before it made radical changes to its Australia Day celebrations.
It emerged yesterday that the council’s community consultation was based on 81 responses to a survey issued to about 200 people.
The Turnbull government yesterday stripped the north Melbourne council of its power to hold citizenship ceremonies after it voted to move its Australia Day celebrations and awards ceremony from January 26 to an alternative date.
Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Alex Hawke announced the move a week after the government revoked the same powers from the neighbouring City of Yarra.
“The Greens political party will not be allowed to hijack Australia Day through a small group of Greens-controlled local councils. The overwhelming majority of Australians support Australia Day remaining on January 26,” Mr Hawke said yesterday.
The actions endorsed by the Darebin council included rebranding the Australia Day awards to the Darebin Community Awards, which will be held as a community celebration on a date other than January 26.
Wurundjeri elder Ian Hunter. Picture: Alex Coppel
Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Minister Natalie Hutchins slammed the council over the move, arguing that it hadn’t consulted widely enough with residents. “Councils need to take community consultation in line with the importance of the decisions they are making such as deciding on how to celebrate Australia Day,” she said yesterday.
“It’s disappointing to hear that the residents of Darebin feel as though they haven’t been adequately consulted on this decision and that’s why we’re reviewing consultation policies in the Local Government Act.”
But Mayor Kim Le Cerf maintained yesterday the council had consulted with the community before it voted on the changes, which were put to council in an urgent motion on Monday night.
A report delivered to council before the meeting cited an “overwhelming majority” of people were in favour of change, however the research was based on a survey of 81 people from 27 council advisory groups and the local Aboriginal Advisory Committee.
The City of Darebin is home to 146,719 residents, according to the 2016 census, with an indigenous population of 1162 or 0.8 per cent.
A number of submissions from the public were received but ruled to be “out of scope” with the engagement plan and therefore not considered before the vote.
Ms Le Cerf backed the council processes yesterday, saying the issue was “too important to be subject to an opinion poll or consultation and we need to show leadership on behalf of our community”.
However, Darebin councillors Lina Messina and Julie Williams voted against the resolution on Monday night and slammed the council’s decision-making process.
“Did we follow the proper channels to initiate change? I believe we have not. It does not fall under the umbrella of council decision-making,” Ms Messina said yesterday.
Wurundjeri elder Ian Hunter, listed on the Darebin council’s website as an indigenous elder for the community, said yesterday he was not consulted over the move.
“Who did they consult? We are all Australians. We put our differences aside and go forward as one,” he told the Herald Sun.
“I’m celebrating because I’m still here. What would have happened if the Japanese had come here (during WWII)? ... Would we still be celebrating Australia Day?”
Lismore City Council in NSW passed a motion from a Greens councillor this month that it would write to the Prime Minister, MPs and relevant ministers urging them to change the date and work towards “culturally inclusive” Australia Day celebrations. In nearby Byron Shire Council, Greens mayor Simon Richardson has declared January 26 has “no relationship to being Australian”.
The Greens political party will not be allowed to hijack Australia Day through a small group of Greens-controlled local councils.
Comment from WH:
Although the media rhetoric speaks of minorities overruling majorities, they are also clearly supporting the Darebin Council against the Yarra Council, and specifically the minority of two on the Darebin Council that oppposed the delegitimation of Invasion Day. They could not do this with the Yarra Council because there the support for delegitimation was unanimous.
Look also at the picture of the Wurundjeri elder, the "aborigine" Ian Hunter, who supports the government because if the Japanese had won WWII there would be no Australia Day now (he says). An aborigine with an atom bomb.
Last Edit: Sept 2, 2017 9:11:52 GMT -5 by Wayne Hall