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HollyMcPherson
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Australia Day should be changed from 26th of January to another date

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Started: 5/24/2016 Category: Society
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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filomenadelic

Con

Australia Day should NOT be changed from the 26th of January to another date. Australia is a national public holiday in Australia. It is the celebration of the arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson on the 26th of January 1788. It is celebrated annually because it is celebrated on what is means to be Australian and what's great about being Australian and living in Australia as a community. It is a day to reconnect with others as a community and a society and to feel special as a community and family. It is more than any other public holiday, it is a great day to be together as a society or/and a town/suburb. It is celebrated in every town/suburb/city. My two arguments will be that Australia day is on the 26th of January to people can remember/celebrate what being Australian is all about and its history and that Australia day brings families and communities to remind them about Australia's history!
HollyMcPherson

Pro

Australia Day must be changed from the 26th of January. The 26th is when the First Fleet from England landed at Sydney Cove and Captain Arthur Phillip took possession of the land for the British Empire in 1788. The day was first recognised in the 1880's, but only as an anniversary of the first landing. In 1946 it changed to Australia Day and in 1994 it became a public holiday and a day to welcome new citizens or honour people who have done a great service to the country. The National Australia Day Council recognises it as "a day to reflect on what we have achieved and what we can be proud of in our great nation", but the date means that not everyone can join in on this, because for some people the very day means nothing but sorrow and mourning. These people are Aboriginals. It is the beginning of the end of their freedom and culture, the start of the enormous amount of pain and suffering they were about to go through - having their land stolen from them; their food being hunted by white men with guns; their way of living being dismissed as savage and vulgar; the loss of so many lives due to European diseases, fights and battles, slaughter and rape; and later, having their children stolen to "civilise" them and develop them into white culture. Would you want to celebrate your country on the very anniversary of the day that you essentially lost it? How can we expect Aboriginals to do this?
Debate Round No. 1
filomenadelic

Con

Australia day is on the 26th of January so people can celebrate and remember what being Australian is all about. Yes the white men took away the land ad lives of the Aboriginal, it was the end for them. But if was also the start for the Australians to start expanding on land, to start improving on the country and also let the Aboriginals live through those improvements on Australia, look how beautiful Australia is today! Aboriginals still live and don't have a problem now. It is a day to celebrate what Australia has become today, what improvements and achievements have been established. it was made a beautiful country and Australia day is of course to remind people how beautiful their country is and much peace is in it with no war and all goodness. Not everyday do people think to themselves of how beautiful their home country is, so Australia day is to remind people and to celebrate. On the 26th was when Australia was just at the very start from coming along way in business, in love of the country and in families and lives.
HollyMcPherson

Pro

This topic is not going to go away. It is going to be brought up every single year until the date is changed. Every year there are marches, protests and conversations like this one. It will continue to drive Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians apart on the very day that we are meant to be brought together as a nation. The debate has especially begun raging after Kevin Rudd broke his promise - he promised he would change the date from the 26th to another day because he knew what a devastating day it was for Aboriginals, and then didn't see his promise through. Aboriginals are always going to mourn this day - and how could they not? They were invaded: they need to mourn and commemorate their ancestors who suffered. The 26th has always been their Day of Mourning, not just since Australia Day became official in 1994. As they said during a chant on Australia Day: "We won"t stop, we won"t go away, we won"t celebrate Invasion Day". Australia Day won"t truly be a day of national pride, a day that we can all celebrate as one, as many cultures, and recognise as having Aboriginal culture at our core, until it is no longer on the 26th.
Debate Round No. 2
filomenadelic

Con

There is no need to change the date, the history can not be changed. Australia day has been celebrated for 208 years now, why change now? If the date was changed, then what would it be called? What would it be celebrated for? What other history is there where everyone in Australia is happy with the whites and the Aborigines? What date would it be changed for, again there is no reason to change! Australia day brings families, communities, towns together. it is a fun day for everyone to enjoy there are carnivals, music festivals, family events and it's a public holiday where most people don't have to work and kids don't have to go to school! It's a day to look forward to and everyone has a smile on there face! The news people have a smile on their face and everyone does! Australia should not be change, it is so much work to do and history has to be stopped! It makes people at home, as a country!
HollyMcPherson

Pro

Why not change it? Pretty much all non Aboriginal Australians don"t know or don"t care about the fact that the 26th is when the First Fleet arrived and Australia was taken possession of by the British Empire. Most people are just happy to get a day off work and a chance to celebrate with friends and family. The only ones that the date has any real significance to are the ones who want it to be changed, so surely it"s best to change it and quell the controversy and protesting. Most people would probably be more than happy for it to change to another day, for example towards the end of the year when there"s no public holidays. The citizenship ceremonies and honouring great Australians are what bring real meaning and are of most significance to Australia Day, and their meaning is not any more rooted, powerful or momentous with the hoisting of the British flag in Sydney Cove on the 26th then it will be on any date that Australia Day could be changed to. If Australia Day is, as it is claimed to be, about so much more than the arrival of white men on these shores, and truly about coming together as a nation through all the different cultures, religions, races and beliefs we have here then what"s the harm of moving the day somewhere where it"s not marked by invasion and destruction of an entire race?
Debate Round No. 3
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