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Changing Australia Day's date

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Started: 5/27/2016 Category: Society
Updated: 9 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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bridget12555

Con

Australia Day is a day that is considered to be celebrated with the thought of "what is great about Australia and being Australian?" Well, many people in Australian society strongly believe that Australia Day should be changed from the 26th of January.

Imagine if your ancestors were disposed, slaughtered and had their land and children stolen, would you celebrate the date on which it began? I don"t think anyone would. The 26th of January marks the coming of Australia of the white people, in 1788 and "it"s not a date particularly pleasing for the Aborigines," quoted by Michael Mansell. Invasion Day, Day of Mourning, Survival Day and Aboriginal Sovereignty Day are just a few names that the original people of the land call this day. Aboriginal people had been living in Australia for at least 50,000 years before the British came to settle, so there was no need to make this date Australia Day. If the British weren"t the first ever people to step on this land, then why call it Australia Day? A guy called Michael Mansell, who is still living today, once believed that Australia celebrates "the coming of one race at the expense of another." Meaning that no matter how many people were in Australia, the British were always going to take over Australia. In my opinion it is ridiculous! The Aborigines were the original people that discovered Australia and we wouldn"t be able to live here if it wasn"t for them. If we want to consider Australia as a "vibrant multicultural nation" and is we want to regard Indigenous people as a core part of the modern Australian identity, then it makes absolutely no sense whatsoever to have Australia Day on this date.
madeline.atanasovsi

Pro

We celebrate Australia day in memory of when our colony was taken formal possession of by none other than Captain Arthur Phillip. It is a very important day to us Australians as it is the day Australia was marked as "Australia". If this date was changed, it would no longer be Australia day because the day would not have any meaning behind it. There is a reason why we have Australia day on that date and changing the date would remove the value and true meaning behind the celebration.
Debate Round No. 1
bridget12555

Con

You wrote that if Australia wasn't on the day, there would be no meaning to do. I disagree with that. The day will always have a meaning to it as it is especially for Aboriginals and Indigenous people in the regards of invasion. However, stronger examples exist that prove my claim! Imagine words coming into your mind as an aboriginal or indigenous" Racism, Incentive, Sad, Suffering and Hurt. These words aren"t just words, these are cruel judgements and feelings that Aborigines feel about Australia Day. This day is sincerely for them to reflect on the treatment and the deep loss of their families, sovereign rights of land and right to practice their culture, not celebrating by cooking a barbecue with friends! A kid in 1988 said that "200 years from today, white men came and started to destroy my people of this land." Australia isn"t a multicultural towards Aboriginals as they invaded and basically didn"t include their say in anything! "White people" never treat those well-known with long experience with disrespect, living or dead, but the truth, Aboriginals shouldn"t be treated that way either.
madeline.atanasovsi

Pro

You stated how the aboriginals were suffering from hurt and sorrow which is quiet understandable but Australians have done all we can to help move on from this damage caused. We have held sorry days while marching over bridges, deeply payed our respects and even properly granted aboriginal rights and blocked mining projects of huge economic benefits to all Australians. Changing the date of Australia day will not change the meaning to aboriginal people because they we still be reminded of what had happened and how Australia first started out. To them a date means nothing because history is facts and facts do not change, so changing the date of Australia day wont change the way aboriginal people think of it and how there culture was effected by it.
Debate Round No. 2
bridget12555

Con

You stated that the history for the aboriginals will never change, but it definitely will change! Their families and friends all suffered from this horrific tragedy that happened when the British settled. Their culture and diversity all got ruined and destroyed. From this terrible destruction, their lives were basically done! They had nothing to do with Australia and couldn't do anything about it then and now. To conclude this statement, I definitely believe that Australia Day should be changed to another date besides the 26th. Changing the date would send a better message to everyone, which intends ALL Australians to celebrate.
madeline.atanasovsi

Pro

You talked about the deep loss of family's and the destruction they witnessed. That was many years ago and if we were to talk about all the wrong doings in that time it would be endless. In conclusion to the previous arguments changing Australia day"s date will not change the meaning behind the date and the history behind it. Changing the date of Australia day will make the day pointless due to the commemoration having no meaning behind it. So the date of Australia Day, the 26th of January, should stay that same.
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