The debate about the date of Australia Day has created a great divide between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians. January 26th is Australia Day yet it is offensive towards Aboriginal people. Indigenous Australians feel that the date of Australia Day should be changed, and with good reason. Think of it this way: would you celebrate the date that your land was invaded and your life got turned upside down? Exactly.
Australia day is on January 26th for many reasons, it's the day that we come together as a nation to celebrate the amazing country we live in. On Australia Day, over half of the nation"'s population of 24.3 million attend either an organised community event, or get together with family and friends with the intention of celebrating our national day. Many more spend the public holiday relaxing with family and friend. We come together as a nation to celebrate what's great about Australia and being Australian. It's the day to reflect on what we have achieved and what we can be proud of in our great nation. It's the day for us to re-commit to making Australia an even better place for the future.
Whilst that is a great point, I disagree for the following reasons:
Australia Day is indeed celebrated by the public and "White Australians" but what about Indigenous Australians? They don't feel the same way.
January 26th was the day that the First Fleet arrived to Australia in 1788. To the British, the arrival of the First Fleet in Australia was an exciting event but Indigenous Australians, the original owners of the land of Australia, think otherwise. To Indigenous Australians, January 26th is a day of loss and sorrow. It marks the day that the British stole their land and treated their ancestors with great disrespect. "Australian Day?". More like "Invasion Day".