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GraceDargan
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The date of Australia day should be changed

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Started: 5/19/2016 Category: Society
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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doni.birch

Pro

The date of Australia day being the 26th of January should be changed to any other date. This date on January 26th brings out the divide of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians into focus. This date is meant to bring all Australians together where as is separates us. Indigenous people look at this day as invasion day, the day non-Indigenous people stole their land and killed their families. Although for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Australia Day is also an opportunity for them recognize the survival of their people and culture. There are better dates to change it to some date include the 13th February- The day in which Kevin Rudd apologized to the aboriginals or 27th May- The day Aborigines were finally allowed constitutional rights. For some, it's a celebration of culture.For others it's a day of mourning. I believe Australia day should be a day celebrated by all Australians as equals.
GraceDargan

Con

New South Wales first celebrated January 26th which was referred to as the First Landing Dar or Foundation Day. From the first time this was celebrated it was a time to reflect on the great country we live in. according to historian Dr Elizabeth Kwan the traditional toast on this date was "to the land boys, we live in". The intention of the celebration was not to exclude others but to join in the united celebration of a great land. By 1988 states had accepted January 16th as the official national day. Celebrations of the day has increased considerably since the 1980's. There are arguments from the same members of the community that the date of January 26th should be named invasion or survival day. There are claims that this date signifies damage to indigenous peoples relationship to the land. However many inf=diginious people are achive within Australia day commitees and view this date as an opportunity to recongnise the honoured place indigenious australian in our nations history
Debate Round No. 1
doni.birch

Pro

Would you celebrate the date that your ancestors were removed of their land, were killed and their children were stolen? Aboriginals say "It is a day of mourning because it does symbolize the invasion of our land. It makes people angry in our community, that Australians are celebrating on a day that is negative for us." The celebration of Australia Day is seen as a concern as it marks the date of colonisation unlike other countries which celebrate their national day on their day of independence or on another special day. For example New Zealand celebrates Waitangi Day on 6 February, commemorating the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi between the settlers and the local Maori people in 1840. The only significance of Australia Day is that it marks the date the white people came to Australia. That makes the use of January 26th a race-based data for celebrations. White's arrival at Botany Bay to celebrate their new beginning away from old England. The celebration was blind to the effect on Aborigines then as it remains the case today.
Kevin Rudds sorry speech is more on an important day to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. The Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, had finally apologized to the Stolen Generations and said "sorry on 12 February 2008. The National Australia Day Council, founded in 1979, views Australia Day as "a day to reflect on what we have achieved and what we can be proud of in our great nation," How can it be a day to celebrate as a nation as we can not all come together as it doesn't target all Australians as equals.
GraceDargan

Con

Many indgenous people, particuly those living in remote areas have very little to celebrate on australian day. The reasons they wont be celebrating have nothing to do with the name or date of January 26 but more to do with the extreme poverty they live in. to merely focus on the date for Australia day will not bring about any long-lashing meaningfl change to the real problems that many indigenous people face; their health, education, employment opportunities etc. It would be a very simplistic view that changing the date of Australia day would solve the very serious and difficult problems that face the indigenous community. For those wanting to change the date of australia day i challenge you to visit indigenous communities where people are poor, sick unemployed and ask yourself how will changing the date of Australia day significantly help the people in this community
For many indiginous and non- indigenous australian January 26 is a day to celebrate. For many refugees and people from war turn countries they proudly celebrate be coming Australian citizens on January 26, for them this date signifies a new bieginning living in a great nation where they can live safely free from persecution, while there is a historical significance of january 26, there is a greater awareness and wish to celebrate modern Australia
Debate Round No. 2
doni.birch

Pro

The reason that Aboriginal people believe the date should be changed has nothing to do with the extreme poverty they live in. People want a day where everyone can proudly be themselves, when we all reflect upon this amazing land and the all of its full human history. Lowitja O"Donoghue who was awarded Australian of the Year in 1984 on Australia pleaded for dialogue about changing the date of Australia Day. This shows the meaning on changing the date. Aboriginal leader Noel Pearson wrote that "no matter how much white Australians might want to ignore it or black Australians might want to reject it" showing that people actually see that the date of Australia Day should be changed. By white people the meaning to the black people is ignore and for the black people the meaning and the day is just push the thought of the day away. Why not change it to a date more meaningful such as 13th of February, the day which Kevin Rudd apologized to the Aboriginals for our past generations mistakes or 11th of April, the day which the White Australia Policy was abolished, or even 27th of May The day Aborigines were finally allowed constitutional rights.
"Let us find a day on which we can all feel included, in which we can all participate equally, and can celebrate with pride our common Australian identity." The change the date would show that we care and that we recognize all Australians as equals. Even if refugees celebrate this day proudly there are still the Aboriginal people that believe in Australia but do not believe in this day, and as we are all proud Australians the date of the day should be changed so we can celebrate our nation and it should be a day for all Australians to stand proud as Equals.
GraceDargan

Con

It's Australia day, not white people day it is directed at all Australians
January 26 is a very significant date to celebrate Australia day.
It is a date for all of us to reflect on the negatives associated with colonisation.
It is a date that signifies the resilience of Indigenous australians
A date that we can choose to focus on the real issues facing the traditional owners of the land and to work hard to resolve these issues
It is a date where we can all celebrate our great nation and be thankful that we live in a free and accepting society
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