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 reason: Australia Day is indeed celebrated by the public and "White Australians" but Indigenous Australians feel differently. Australia Day isn't a celebration day for them, it is a mourning day.
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".
Altho Australia has done alot of wrong to the Indigenous, we now celebrate "National Sorry Day" which is a day about telling the aboriginals we are sorry for everything that white Australians have done. National Sorry Day is celebrated on the 13th of February.
Throughout the early 1900s, the Australian public was led to believe that Aboriginal children were disadvantaged and at risk in their own communities, and that they would receive a better education, a more loving family, and a more civilised upbringing in adopted white families or in government institutions, this was the stolen generation. The reality was that Aboriginal children were being removed in order to be exposed to "Anglo values" and "work habits" with a view to them being employed by colonial settlers, and to stop their parents, families and communities from passing on their culture, language and identity to them. The children who were targeted for removal by the authorities of the time, in almost all cases, had one parent that was "white" and one that was Aboriginal. This was a very unstable time as families were torn apart and people lost their loved ones forever. But On February 13th, 2008 The Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, had finally apologised to the Stolen Generations and said 'sorry." this left Aborigines in tears as after decades and decades someone apologised for the loss of all their children.
Although there is National Sorry Day, that doesn't make up for all of the families that have been torn apart. When the British first came to Australia, Indigenous Australians watched their brave ancestors be slaughtered and had their land taken from them.
To conclude, the date of Australia Day should be changed because it is a disrespect to Indigenous Australians and strips them of their rights. The 26th of January is not a day to be celebrated, it is a day to be forgotten. The current date of Australia Day is quite inappropriate because it celebrates the day that ruined the lives of Indigenous Australians. If there was a significant day that destroyed your life and happiness would you want people to wave flags and cheer? Obviously not.
In conclusion Australia day should remain on the 26th of January as it is an iconic day for all Australians. Altho Australia had many hiccups along the way it is an amazing nation, home to over 24.3 million people and to change such an important date would be a mistake. Australia has apologised and made up to the Indigenous Australians losses, and have made sure that they are as much Australian as everyone else living in Australia.