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Australia Day

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Started: 5/26/2016 Category: Society
Updated: 6 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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audreydevito

Pro

Australia Day is currently on the 26th of January, which should be changed. This is one of the most disrespectful and offending day to the innocent aboriginals that got slaughtered to death on that day. 26th of January created many problems starting with white people invading the land where aboriginals originally lived. White Australians do not own the land and we need to recognized the aboriginals too, we need to recognized their arrival, their language and their culture. By having Australia Day on a date like this, it makes aboriginal people feel completely unimportant which is unfair because they were here much before us. Australia Day is just a reminder of the cruel actions white people made and a special day like this should make everyone feel happy and proud of this country.
emilyed

Con

Many people say that this date is disrespectful to aboriginals however this date represents the arrival of the first fleet and the british colony who has populated our country and made it what it is today. No other date better reflects both the origins of the country and the nation it has become.Sure, let's ensure appropriate recognition of the indigenous community and do what is necessary to right any wrongs which have occurred, but let's not lose sight of the fact that January 26 marks the beginning of the nation we all (indigenous, those born here and the more recent arrivals) call home.



Debate Round No. 1
audreydevito

Pro

Even Australia Day was when the first fleet arrived there are more important days to celebrate. For centuries, Aboriginals have been trying to get their point of view across to white Australians of how terrible Australia Day makes them feel. We could have chosen a much better day, like Federation Day, which is the 1st of January. Federation Day is when Australia became a nation. Australia Day becoming a nation is a very significant day giving Australia independence. If we don't change the date, we are celebrating rape, murders, death, the day aboriginals lost their home and disconnected culture. We must change the date now!
emilyed

Con

There is much to celebrate on Australia Day. We Celebrate what we have become. If Australia Day was not January 26, then when should it be? Australia's origins cannot be pinpointed to colonial self-government in the 1850s, federation in 1901, voting rights for women from 1895, full Commonwealth voting rights for Aboriginal people by the 1960s, or the Hawke government's 1986 Australia Act, which severed Australia from the British legal system. Each of these were milestones, yes, but milestones in what was really a revolutionary process. Australia was not created, it grew.
Debate Round No. 2
audreydevito

Pro

Overall, 26th of January is the most heartbreaking day for the aboriginals and by having Australia Day on this date, we are showing no compassion. We should change the date to Federation Day as it"s a much more significant and important date. By doing this, we are showing recognition.
emilyed

Con

Overall, the day Australia came about was January 26th and there is no other day that would be appropriate to celebrate Australia Day. We acknowledge and respect the aboriginals as the traditional owners of this land and we do not use this day to discriminate or divide our nation. This date represents the whole country as a whole meaning the Indigenous and migrant Australians as one nation.
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