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Krista.lymbouris
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jada.thai
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#ChangeTheDate Australia day should be changed from the 26th of January to another date.

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Started: 5/24/2016 Category: Society
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Krista.lymbouris

Pro

Australia Day is a date looked forward to by many all over the country. It"s associated with happiness, celebration and a day of pride by some, but what about the others apart of this nation? For the Indigenous Australians who have been known to walk on Australian soil for the last 40,000 + years, this day doesn"t mark a day of joy, commemoration or gratification. This day does not have the same meaning for every Australian citizen, as it should. It marks a day of loss, slaughter, dispossession, and ill treatment to the Indigenous Australian race from 1788 when the First Fleet arrived in Australia on January the 26th. The direct historical event this "jollification" is linked to is not something for all to be proud of. It is clear to see why Aborigines to this day and age are still protesting against the current date of Australia Day. As stated in the article by Martin Flanagan "The Problem with Australia Day", this day of recognising Australia as a united nation and that "supposedly exists to bring us together, serves each year to drive us apart". This exact date is the "worst date" possible for the day once referred to as First Landing day or Foundation day. It doesn"t resonate a clear day of celebration or unification, but accentuates the bad choices and cruelty of the British who first landed and who "invaded" the land once lived on peacefully by the Aborigines. Changing the date of Australia Day is clearly a priority, as it"s current date does not properly or respectively unite Australians, Indigenous or non-Indigenous.
jada.thai

Con

Though it is true what my opposition has said about how changing the date of Australia Day will strengthen our knowledge and make the now Australia Day but I highly disagree as Australia Day has many events that should be celebrated. more historical event but It is great to celebrate the past event our past ancestors did was not right and justice should be given but non aboriginal Australians have done the best they have to say sorry. This historicals
Significant to a majority Though it is true that Australia day is often referred to as "Invasion Day" and a day of hurt and heartache, it celebrates the survival of one of the oldest cultures on Earth. Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders have the right to mourn about the past and how it has affected our present world but they should also think about the positive impacts of Australia Day being on the 26th of January. This leads me to the main point of my argument, Australia Day should be considered as survival day for Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders as it was the day to the start of the negative impacts that surrounded Australia after the first fleet. The past experience of massacre years of when Australia was declared "Terra Nullius" to our present day has wisely influenced Australian about the wisdom, courage and strength that the Indigenous Australians stood for. It is believed that Australia Day is a great way to expose this as it was a start for many brave Indigenous Australians to welcome newcomers into their society. Nowadays, it is great to be reminded that Australia Day is great for celebrating parts of our culture and remembering the generations of Australians who have come before us.
Debate Round No. 1
Krista.lymbouris

Pro

I acknowledge how my opposition is keeping in mind those that refer to it as survival day, but it is not clear why that should happen, as it can be quite offensive to the indigenous culture. It sounds like you"re implying that the Aborigines should be grateful for their survival, grateful for the amount of slaughters that occurred and that they are still alive. It was from that date onwards that the Indigenous Australians experienced torture and pain.
There are many more reasons why Australia day"s date needs to be changed, but obvious reasons why, is to end the conflict and protests against this ongoing debate. This date needs to be changed to a more historically meaningful event, one with a message of uniting and embracing everyone's differences. If the date is changed it will end the protesting and violence that occurs during this time of the year. Julia Gillard was "trapped by furious aboriginal protesters" on the 26th of January 2012, according to "Day of shame shows why we must end this racial charade" by Andrew Bolt (Herald Sun). This event and many others could have been avoided if the leaders of country realise the change that needs to be made. According to http://indigenousx.com.au... , protests have been happening regarding the inappropriate date of Australia Day since 1938. If they keep delaying the changing of Australia day"s date, then this protesting and conflict will continue to rage on. The clear solution is to change Australia Day from January the 26th to another more appropriate date.
jada.thai

Con

If Australia Day was to be changed, yes it would definitely stop the sadness from the Aboriginals but what about the others? We as a community have to realise that Australia also has people outside of the Indigenous circle. More damage could be created from a small disaster which could lead to a war against a split up Australia. This potential "war" could create another stolen generation but only larger and more open to race and negative encounters this time. Questions that also have to be considered are will the change in date of Australia Day stop anything other than the mourn and separation of Australia? Changing the date would not fix matters such as mental and physical abuse as they will still be confronted. As well as rape, homelessness, discrimination, racism and law breaking acts. My question to you is why change the date now, when there are repercussions to consider?
Debate Round No. 2
Krista.lymbouris

Pro

Whilst Jada has stated that changing the date will not help change anything, I strongly disagree against that statement. The date that is currently Australia Day , was not a day of celebration for the Indigenous Australian culture as stated in the first argument. The Aborigines will appreciate a change in date, as it will also change the meaning. She also mentioned Survival day being used to describe the "celebration". The Aboriginal culture should not have to refer to Australia Day, with such sadness and yet still some pride, as Survival day, but as a day of being recognised as apart of a United Australia.
It is clear through the points stated above, why the date of Australia Day must be changed. The current date of January the 26th is not currently a united celebration, and a step towards everyone acknowledging the history and identity of Australia is by changing the date to an event, which shows unification and proper acknowledgment of Indigenous Australians. " 85 per cent of people believe Australia Day is a day for celebration" according to the Herald Sun. What about the other 15% of people apart of our nation? From the source http://www.creativespirits.info... Indigenous Australians refer to Australia Day as Invasion day, when they are reminded of the " Loss of their sovereign rights to their land, loss of family and the loss of the right to practice their culture". They should not have to feel that way on Australia Day. It is so understandable why they would be protesting against the current date and why they will continue to fight for it. Changing the date from the 26th of January to a more appropriate date resembling unification will bring more peace to the Indigenous Australians on Australia Day. If politicians and leaders of our country continue to refuse to change the date, the violence will continue to occur on the 26th of January, Australia Day, every year. Which is why that is only logical to have the date changed.
jada.thai

Con

Conflicts do occur on Australia Day, but these conflict occur because we are not on the right page with each other. The date is one thing, but our relationship with each other by how we talk and our actions is another thing that needs to be resolved urgently. What is the point in changing the date when we can become a stronger and more united country that is free to talk to anyone without creating an argument? As I said in the previous arguments, changing the date would not fix matters that affect many Australians. I also stated that it is Australia Day is a great way to expose the survival and bravery of Indigenous Australians as they welcomed newcomers into their land, though ending up getting ambushed. It is great to be reminded that Australia Day is great for celebrating our culture and remembering the generations of brave Indigenous Australians who came before us.
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