There is heaps to celebrate about Australia - the food, the beer, the sun, the beach and all the different cultures. But why does the 26th of January have to be the date of "Australia day" or as Indigenous people call it "Invasion Day" marking the day that the first fleet arrived, when white settlement of Australia begun, and the decades of injustice Aboriginal people faced at their hands.
The Australia Day website also claims that "On Australia Day we come together as a nation to celebrate what"s great about Australia and being Australian." What"s so great about the 26th of January that would make us "come together as a nation"?
Australia shouldn"t be a day where we dwell but a day we commemorate as one! It"s a day where we recognise all the good things about our country. There is no denying it is a difficult day for many Indigenous and Torres Strait Island people but there many reasons to celebrate and be joyful for, if that day never happened Australia wouldn"t be the place it is today, the 26th of January is a huge day of historical significance for our nation. There would come many problems by changing the date of Australia Day. Australia Day is to recognise what a great nation we are living in and that we all live together as one alongside each other, should really be the main focus of Australia, but at the same time we respect the Aboriginals and their reasons for equality.
Most people don"t even care about that actual date, they just want a day off work, or to have a few drinks or to have a barbecue or to wear Australian colours or whatever it is that people do. None of these things can only be done of the 26th of January, and if it was on any other day then maybe more Indigenous people would feel like celebrating with the rest of the nation.
Changing the date would show that we have aspirations for this country to become greater than it is. Our treatment of Indigenous peoples, of asylum seekers, of the homeless, of the unemployed, of women, of veterans, of pensioners (the list goes on and on) is not great. It is not something that is 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.
Australia day marks the day the first fleet arrived on our land in 1788 and it was the beginning of our strong nation. It marks the day of what it means to be an Australian and what joy and pride comes along with it. It"s also a reflection of how far our nation has become. Australia stands for the day we came together as one and it shouldn"t be a day for mourning, so people see Australia Day as a day but it is a day to be thankful for many. We cannot change the past but we can bring hope for the future, let's not dwell but be happy for the future. Australia Day is our nation day and it is the largest civic event held.
What"s so great about the 26th of January? Just because it"s a tradition of many years or because it"s a great time to have a swim or a barbecue. It is the day that the first fleet arrived, why should we celebrate the day that we invaded the Aboriginals land? Why can"t we move the date to another date? Why does it have to be January 26th? It should be on the 1st of January, the day in 1901 that Australian colonies united to form a single nation. Or why not the 27th of May, the day of Referendum that recognised Aboriginal people in the constitution. I believe that Australia Day should be changed to another date.
There is no other date that best reflects both origins of our country. There is also no better day to celebrate the strong nation Australia has become. People say Australia Day is about the "British Invasion and Occupation" they are just words that reduce the significance and importance of this day as a nation we should all celebrate and it is a day many appreciate. Australians have done many things for the Aboriginal and Indigenous communities our nation. The 26th of January best represents the day we became one and as a country this consist conflict isn't going to help anything and we all need to come realisation that we are all in it together. Australia day should remain the same but out of respect their should be a day that highlights significance the of all of the Ingenious communities and people of our great nation
2015. Australia Day should remain on January 26, but move to a republic must begin. [ONLINE]. http://www.smh.com.au... . Accessed on the 18th of May