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Should Australia Day be changed from January 26th to another date?

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Started: 5/25/2016 Category: Politics
Updated: 6 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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adeleadams

Pro

Australia day is a day we come together as a nation to celebrate what is great about Australia and being Australian. It is originally the anniversary of the arrival of the first fleet of 11 ships from great Britain. Focus is dramatically drawn to this, but what about the Aboriginies that have been here for 50,000 years?. The very first Australians to breathe and "invade" the land were the Aboriginal people who had been existing in Australia for at least 50,000 years before the British settlement arrived. Since they arrived and claimed the 26th our nation day, Aboriginies did not celebrate it, as it was a generation of mourning and invasion to their land. Huge demonstrations and protests were held, informing their love for their land which was originally theirs and the penetration of the new settlers. " Australia is the only county that relies on the arrival of Europeans on its shores as being so significant it should herald the official national day ", Mansell, an aboriginal living upon the disclusion advertises. "There should be, in all the advertising that goes out about Australia Day"it shouldn"t be this frivolous, frothy sort of stuff about barbeques and coloured towels and spending the day at the beach. It should be, you know what does Australia Day mean for all Australians?". A kid from 1988 proved this as he proudly specified, " 200 years from today, white man came and started to destroy my people of this land ". This verifies that Australia isn"t multicultural towards aboriginals as they invaded and didn"t embrace their say towards the decision of " national day " which evidently doesn"t show a " nation".
jaymenicolaou

Con

Before I argue I would like to point out some flaws in the oppositions argument. Australia has developed and matured since those times. The British didn"t really think of the land of being someone else's. We shouldn"t take away a day for something that our ancestors had done. Some aborignals have learn't to forgive and forget why can't the rest. We should focus on the present not the past.

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.
Debate Round No. 1
adeleadams

Pro

Although Australia has matured from this, the arrival or the aboriginals could not go unrecognised. A new date could be rescheduled showing the importance of what makes our country it is today and how aboriginals are a significant value to us all.

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.
jaymenicolaou

Con

We might have started on rough terms with aboriginals and had done many wrong doings but we have taken much responsibility for our actions. I do agree that aborigines should get recognition for owning the land first but this won"t change anything. They won"t exactly be happy with us because we change the date. It won"t change anything. We have tried giving back many things that we had taken from them. We have a week to recognise the traditional owners of this land "National Reconciliation Week". Some aboriginals are grateful but their are many who are still mad with us. Do you think changing the date will exactly change the feeling of the Aborigines towards the Australians? They won't exactly forgive us because we changed the date. We do feel bad for what we have done. It doesn"t change anything. We don"t know what will happen soon but everyone learns from their mistakes, so we don"t repeat them Whatever we try to do, if it's moving Australia Day, not every single aboriginal is going to forgive us.

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.
Debate Round No. 2
adeleadams

Pro

We may have matured as Australians, but this does not, and can not change something that has happened in the past. Although Australians are well mannered to Aboriginals now days, what is done in the past cannot be taken back. Australia now has a history of its own which unfortunately relates to the fact of Aboriginals entering our land, even though the Aboriginals have brought many cultures, foods and more to our country. History cannot be fixed, in fact, it will always be remembered.

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.
jaymenicolaou

Con

Even though, Aboriginals will never be able to forget about the terrible events. Can"t we still be able to forgive and forget. It would be nice to live through our lives with no guilt and regrets. After all it was our ancestors that had done the wrong doings, not us. We should not have to change the date because of something that happened at least 100 years ago.

In conclusion, the date of australia day shall not be changed as there is no other day that reflects best reflects the start of our history, nothing will change as they would still be mad with us even if we were to change the date and it wouldn"t be fair. We should forgive and forget and all celebrate together. We still celebrate the nationality of the aboriginals and shall live on with Australia Day being on the 26th.
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