Should Australia Day be changed from January 26th to another date?
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Firstly, Australia day is the celebration of our country being founded. There would be no other dates that would best reflect our culture and our nationality best as this date does. What other date could possibly show the importance of the start of Australia"s history? Our History started on the 26th of January not the 27th or the 28th. We have no choice but to have this special event on the day as Australian history had started. It's not like we haven"t acknowledged that we had done some horrible things to the aboriginals but we aren"t who we were back when we had founded Australia. We wouldn't treat them like that now. We celebrate their culture all over Australia. We display their art and their culture in museums. We do celebrate them. We have stopped our ways and we have achieved many things after it. This date shall always be important for all Australians as it represents the start of our history.
The anniversary of the arrival of the first fleet of 11 ships from great Britian, who announced the beginning of " Australia day " was many years ago, almost too many. Aboriginals should be noticed throughout society, alongside their culture and especially their arrival to our country, which has gone completely unnoticed. Although this was many years ago, we can not move on. Anzac day is a clear example of this as we are still memorialising this day. This was also many years ago, obviously demonstrating that it isnt time to move on. Clearly, treating those well known with long experience is respectful, living or dead. The truth is, we should treat aboriginal people the same. If we think it"s important to still mark the sacrifice of our ancestors for something that happened 100 years ago, we should not expect aboriginal people to react any different. This would feel like a celebration of cultural and social achievements for aboriginal families which is definitely fair. It would then mark a new national date for celebration, where both cultures acknowledge each others rights and aspirations, as well as avoiding the current "whites only" celebration.
Secondly, some Aborigines believe that the 26th of January should be known as the time the british had invaded Australia. Instead of being celebrated. This whole situation may have its flaws but Australia has developed since the incidents took place. We should focus on the present not the past. It"s much easier than the continuous arguing. We are the third freest country in the world (according to CIRI"s Human Rights Data Project) which is a very big accomplishment. Do we really want to be negative and focus on all the bad things? If we were to focus on all the negative thing, no one would ever be happy. Australia Day is a day for celebration, not war. We should feel grateful we all live in such a great country and celebrate it. It seems very ungrateful if you are going to throw all that away because of a couple of bad events that happened over 100 years ago.
Although Australia Day is a day of nation and coming together as one, it does not show the importance of the arrival of the Aboriginals. It is invasion day and a day of disclusion. Protests and demonstrations were certainly held which shows the love and passion Aboriginals have for their land and culture, as well as providing evidence to us that Australia does not seem so multicultural as it sounds, and is not a great representation of a nation. As Australians we should include all cultures and remember what the Aboriginals brought to us many years ago, which evidently shows that it isn"t time to move on. January 26th is not a relevant reason for Australia Day to fall on this date, in not presenting the importance in all civilisations.
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