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Ruby.Ryan
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Sara_Udovicic
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Australia Day should be changed from January 26th to another date

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Started: 5/19/2016 Category: Society
Updated: 6 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Ruby.Ryan

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January 26th, Australia Day. It's different for everyone but traditionally it is a day of great celebration for Australians to reflect on what happened 228 years ago. When Captain Arthur Phillip lead the First Fleet as well as 759 convicts to the Great land of Australia. The First Fleet arrived at Sidney Cove on January 26th 1788 and changed Australia's history forever. Now Australia day, previously called Anniversary Day or Federation Day is a day which does not fully represent all Australians. I believe January 26th is not the right date for Australia as it does not respect Aboriginal culture or recognise the multicultural country we live in.

My First point is that Australia day does not recognise the original custodians of our land. Before the Europeans came to Australia, Aboriginals were living off the land we now call home. After the Europeans arrived many Aboriginals were killed and taken away from their families, and soon most Aboriginals lost their sacred culture and connection to the land. Typically the history of Australia day has been a cause of unrest amongst parts of the population as they have commiserated with the Aborigines with regard to the plight and misery the day brings to their culture. Australia day each year marks a day when a population of people lost their homes, families and culture. The date of Australia day needs to be changed to include the inhabitants here before the Europeans and should include Aboriginal culture.
Sara_Udovicic

Con

I believe that we shouldn't change Australia Day. Reconciliation means the restoration of friendly relationships. In Australia's case, the restoration of friendly relationships between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians. In the article "Day of Shame" by Andrew Bolt's it suggests that we non-indigenous have done a lot to make up for the wrongs we made towards the Aboriginals and made events to prove how sorry we such as: National Sorry Day (May 26), granted Aboriginal land rights, formal apology for the stolen generations, introduced Koori courts and spent billions to lift Aborigines out of poverty. Andrew makes a clear statement saying "No to the race-baiters. No to laws dividing us by race. No to those who want to shut down debate on all this and let's say yes to judging each other not by the colour of our skin or the race of our ancestors, but by the content of our character. As individuals." This statement clearly states that we should not debate on changing Australia day and to stop labelling people as racists just because of this one National day but say yes to judging other by who we are not our background, race or religion.
Debate Round No. 1
Ruby.Ryan

Pro

My opponent talked about how Australian's have done a lot to reconcile with Indigenous Australians, but my opponent failed to mention how Australia day brings sadness to the Aboriginal people as January 26th 1788 was the day their land was officially taken off them.

My next point is that, Australia day is a day of grief and sadness for the Aboriginals. Between 1788 and 1900 the major effects of European settlement took place. Colonisation came with it"s horrible impacts on the native people of Australia and occurred in stages. The major killer of Aborigines was disease, Europeans brought smallpox, influenza and measles to populations of native Aboriginal tribes that had never encountered diseases before. Quickly these diseases spread through densely populated Aboriginal tribes, claiming many lives. As well as this European settlers didn't recognise Aborigines as owners of the land and quickly began farming and building infrastructure while not considering Aboriginal culture. Europeans also brought alcohol and tobacco to Australia and Aborigines soon became addicted and lost touch with their culture. Not only does Australia day bring back days of sadness for the Aboriginal people but also loss of people particularly Aboriginal children. Australians now recognise this period (1910-1970) as the Stolen Generation, when Europeans took Aboriginal children away from their families. This was due to new government policies that tried to get rid of Aborigines all together. Europeans taught the Aboriginal children to reject their indigenous heritage and to adopt white culture. Their names were changed and they were not allowed to speak their traditional language after this some were adopted by white families, others were put in institutions and were regularly subjected to abuse. So the date of Australia Day should be changed so that Aboriginals don't have to be reminded of the abuse their ancestors went through.
Sara_Udovicic

Con

Before my opponent suggested that Australia day is a time of grief and sadness for the Aborigines but in fact it is a happy day that should be celebrated as we now reconcile with the aborigines and reflect on how we acted towards them back in the days.

Australia Day (26th) is a very historical day as it is the anniversary of the arrival of the first fleet of 11 convict ships from Great Britain and the rising of the Union Jack at Sydney Cove commanded by Captain Arthur Phillip, in 1788. Although Aboriginals call this day "Invasion Day" this was when Australia actually became Australia. Countries, for example America have their "National Day as 4th of July" because it was when they received their independence from Great Britain.
Debate Round No. 2
Ruby.Ryan

Pro

My opponent's points were not correct as the day all the states in Australia united was in fact called Federation Day and was actually on January 1st 1901. My opponent also mentioned how Australia Day is a very historical day, which it is but today's generation sees it as a day that does not fully represent all citizens in Australia.

To reaffirm my previous arguments, Australia day does not represent the multicultural country we live in. Every year many migrants and refugees enter our country and become Australian citizens. It"s 2016 and Australia day still doesn"t recognise the many other cultures that live in Australia, as we are a very multicultural country. According to (http://www.skwirk.com......) 25% of Australians were born overseas and since 1945 six million people have migrated to Australia.Currently Australia Day really only represent the day Europeans arrived on Australian soil. Moving into the future I believe we need to recognise all cultures as well as the original owners of the land. Currently Australia day being on January 26th doesn"t work for our population and there are numerous other dates it could be held on. Such as Federation day (January 1st 1901 when Australia became one country), when Indigenous Australians were allowed to vote (27th Of May 1967) and when the government apologised to the Aboriginals for the Stolen generation (February 13th 2008). These alternative dates would be better choices for the date of Australia day and are days of great celebration without being about only one culture.

In Conclusion, January 26th should not be the date for Australia day. It does not fully represent the original inhabitants of Australia"s land as well the multicultural country Australia has developed into.
Sara_Udovicic

Con

My opponent before said that Australia Day does not represent the "multicultural country we live in today" but in fact we do as my father who migrated from Bosnia and Herzegovina is happy enough to celebrate the day with family and friends. Also the source that was cited was not sufficient as it only talks about people migrating to Australia and that's it.

Australia Day is not just celebrated with the Non-indigenous it is celebrated with everyone within the country despite race, gender, age, and religion. We acknowledge that the Wurundjeri people are the traditional owners of the land and as I said early on we hold "National Sorry Day" each year where the Australian Prime Minister, formally apologies to the Aborigines for taking away their land, the hurt and grief of how they were treated and stealing their innocent children just to benefit our race. Australia does not see Aborigines as "flora and fauna" anymore, even thinking that that was what they were classified as is stupid enough.
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