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carissacb
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chloetyrrell
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Australia Day should be changed from January 26th to another date.

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Started: 5/25/2016 Category: Society
Updated: 6 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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carissacb

Pro

Australia Day should be changed from January 26th to another date because of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people find Australia Day so offensive and they need to be recognised. Australians to this current day do not recognise the background history that Australia Day means for the Aboriginals. It"s simply insane that anyone could expect Aboriginal people to embrace January 26 as the national day, given what Australia Day actually means to them. Australia Day portrays a variety of meanings. For some, it's a celebration of culture. For others it's a day of mourning for ancestors. The day involves remembering the history of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including the trauma caused by government policies and the separation of children at that time. Obviously the current government is unable to see the real reason of the date, that"s why it needs to be changed. Excluding the Aboriginals of the celebration of this date is very offensive as they were the first settlers of this land. Instead we are celebrating our settlers and not recognising their existence.
chloetyrrell

Con

Although Australia Day marks a day of trauma for Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders, it is also a day when we can all come together and celebrate what our country has become. He have apologised to the Indigenous peoples about the terrible actions of the British when they landed in Australia. Today, we can use Australia day to symbolise a day of coming together as one country. Furthermore, Australia Day marks the anniversary of the arrival of the first fleet. If it wasn"t for the first fleet, Australia would be nothing like it is today. The first fleet brought the first wave of immigration over to Australia. This immigration continued for many years following as we saw the arrival of more convicts and other British immigrants, and people from many European countries. After the abolishment of "The White Australia Policy", we saw many Asian and African immigrants in Australia, bringing with them their diverse cultures and traditions. Although many Aboriginals were killed and mistreated after the British arrived, Australia would not be anywhere near as multicultural as it is today if it weren"t for the arrival of the First Fleet.
Debate Round No. 1
carissacb

Pro

Even though the first fleet brought the first wave of immigration over to Australia and shaped Australia to what is it today, for some Australians, particularly among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, January 26 is not a day of celebration, but is seen as a day which commemorates the invasion by British settlers of lands already owned. It is a day of mourning as it symbolises invasion of land and makes people in the community angry rather than happy as Australians are celebrating a negative day for Aboriginals. January 26 refers to an invasion and dispossession of Aboriginal land when the first fleet arrived so why should we celebrate an invasion to the Aboriginals? The Aboriginal people call it "Invasion Day" as this means it began the decades of injustice Aboriginal people faced while we celebrated the First Fleet.
chloetyrrell

Con

Although it marks a day of suffering for the Indigenous Australians, we are at a stage now where we have apologised for all of the wrong doings of the British when they settled Australia. Instead of purely treating Australia Day as "Invasion Day", we can use it as a symbol to represent how we have grown as a nation and apologised for our past actions. Australia Day is an extremely well known national day of celebration. Not just for "white Australians" but for all Australians. It is a day where we can come together as a nation and celebrate this great country we can call our own. We can also forgive and forget about all of the hurt and trauma in Australia"s past and focus on the future and working towards an even more equal Australia. Although Australia as a country does have a long way to go before we can say everyone in Australia is treated with the same respect and have the same rights, we sure can say we are trying our hardest to work towards it. Indigenous Australians, Immigrants, any and every other Australian in between can come together on Australia as one community, one nation.
Debate Round No. 2
carissacb

Pro

Although we have moved on from this past event and become a multicultural nation what if your Aboriginal ancestors were slaughtered and had their land and their children stolen, would you celebrate the date on which this all began? January 26 refers to an invasion and dispossession of Aboriginal land when the first fleet arrived. Therefore that"s why Australia date should be changed, as this is offensive to Aboriginal people. While white Australians are celebrating Aboriginals are mourning the day that they are not recognised and their land was invaded. Overall Australia day date should be changed as we as a country need to recognise the importance of Aboriginals and how we invaded their land.
chloetyrrell

Con

The date of Australia should not be changed. The first fleet began a long line of immigrants arriving in Australia which led Australia to becoming such a multicultural nation. Although the arrival of the first fleet which was a traumatic time for the Indigenous people, we now choose to celebrate it as a day of coming together as one. After all of that pain the first fleet brought we now can celebrate, no matter if you are Indigenous, Asian African, European or anything else, on the 26th of January the great nation we have become.
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