Change the date of Australia day
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After the first fleet arrived, our country began improving immensely and if the English didn"t come to Australia, who knows where it would be today and so these are some our the achievements. Some of these are when in 1901, Australia decided to come together as a nation to become more powerful and to have a better defence army. Another one is when women got given the right to vote in the federal elections in 1902 and we were the first country to give women those rights and Aboriginal men and women received the right to vote in federal elections in 1962. After the first fleet, our country also began to improve in the way that it become more multicultural and even though we had a White Australia Policy, that was removed and ever since then, our population has increased. For example, from 2010 to 2011, we had an immigration intake of 127,460, and 15.5% of them were from China and 8.3% were from India.
The introduction of alcohol to indigenous australians has had a major detrimental impact on their culture as well as their physical and mental wellbeing. Every week 1,500 aboriginals are hospitalised due to the direct effects of alcohol and for 60 of these people the effects will be fatal (creativespirits.info). Indigenous australians are twenty-four times more likely to be imprisoned than non-Indigenous australians, this is often attributed to alcohol. Why would we want to celebrate our national day on the anniversary of when this poison was brought to this "great southern land"? How can we expect the indigenous members of our community to embrace this holiday when every week thousands of communities are affected by our actions. If we had not brought these foreign substances to our beautiful country and claimed that it was Terra Nullius, invalidating one of the oldest cultures in the world, their people would have prospered and their culture continued to grow. How may I ask can we expect the indigenous to forgive us so easily when we celebrate what has been their home for thousands of years on the day that we brought alcohol to its shores?
We have apologised many times in the past and yet the Aboriginals still haven't forgiven us and still hold a grudge for what happened over 200 years ago. We have granted Aboriginals land rights, we have held sorry days, we have held welcome to the country ceremonies to welcome new citizens, we have spent money on aboriginals to get them out of poverty and yet they still aren't accepting our apologies. I strongly believe that Australia Day shouldn't be changed because it was the day that Australia became closer to becoming a nation and despite the grudges people still hold, Australia has already apologised to the Aborigines for the events that occurred and have said sorry to the stolen generations and what happened was in the past and but now we should focus on the present. The 26th of January is a day to be celebrated and we should look at how far we have come as a country.
I propose that a more suitable and inclusive day for us to celebrate our country would be the day that the white Australian policy was abolished. "Wouldn"t the day we abolished this act and welcomed non-white migrants into Australia make more sense" wouldn"t that send a better message to everyone?" (indigenousx.com.au).This day would not only resolve the issue of celebrating Australia on a day when the indigenous were declared flora and fauna and their homeland declared Terra Nullius, but we would also send a more appropriate message to the world and our migrant citizens who also regard this land as home. "Changing the date would show we have aspirations for this country to become greater than it is. Our treatment of Indigenous, refugees, the homeless and women (the list goes on) isn"t great. It is not worth celebrating, and there is nothing about the arrival of the first fleet that gives pause to reflect on what it would take to become great."(indigenousx.com.au)
Australia Day has become a tradition. We began celebrating Australia Day in 1994 and celebrate it every year to recognise the date of when the first fleet came to Australia and also the raising of the Union Jack. In my opinion, the date for Australia day should stay the same because we have been celebrating Australia day since 1994 and so why would we change the date now?Australia day is the day where all of Australia"s states come together to celebrate our achievements as a country and to look at how far we"ve come. Due to the American Revolution, convicts couldn"t be sent there anymore so they were sent over here. When the English decided to move to Australia, they hadn"t realised that the place was already inhabited by other people and they possibly couldn"t understand what the Aborigines were saying and they must've also been confused so they shouldn"t be blamed for the decisions they made. On the 26th of January, everyone gathers to recognise our new citizens and our progress throughout the years and we also think about how we can improve our country so that is why we shouldn"t change it.
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