Councils would be banned from changing they date they use to celebrate Australia Day in South Australia if the state’s Liberal Party wins government in March.

SA Opposition Leader Steven Marshall – also the spokesperson for Aboriginal Affairs – says while “plenty of people in the Aboriginal community would like to see the day changed”, it would not be in the “best interests of Australia.

The party has pledged to amend a Local Government Act to ensure Australia Day remains on January 26.

The Marion council in Adelaide considered changing the date it used to celebrate Australia Day earlier this month but decided against it.

Mr Marshall says he does not want the date to become a political “battleground.”