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We should change the date of Australia Day, as it doesn't truly celebrate all Australians.

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Started: 5/19/2016 Category: Society
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My name is Jessica O'Connor, and today I will be arguing against the statement that 'We should change the date of Australia Day, as it doesn't truly celebrate all Australian's'. I believe that Australia Day is a day symbolic of the reconciliation between European Australian's, and Aboriginal Australians.

Australia day, is a day celebrated by Australian's on the 26th of January every year. The day marks the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet of the convict ships from Great Britain, and the raising of the Union Jack on the soils of the Aborigines land.
Australia Day is celebrated by the majority of Australian's, and we are able to celebrate the country we are today; the landscapes, the diversity, the multicultural side and the traditional side. Whether you celebrate the day by having a BBQ with your family and friends, or watching the fireworks sparkle in the sky at night, we must realise that Australia Day is much more than that.
The 26th of January is a day for Aborigines, Europeans, new citizens of Australia, and many different people from different backgrounds from around the world to celebrate the free country we are and the many achievements we have made as a country.

Australia Day is a time to celebrate the equal country we are today, and to continue to apologise to the Aborigines, and try and move on as much as possible from what occurred in 1788.
It is also a time for Aborigines to celebrate the country they love and live in today, and try to accept what happened 228 years ago and see how much we have moved forward since that time and that something like that would never happen again.
We as citizens of Australia have to see Australia Day as a time to celebrate the country we are today, not the one we were 228 years ago when the Europeans invaded the Aboriginals land.

Australian's today would not let what happened 228 years ago to happen again, for we now recognise as a whole that we are all equal, and all as worthy of living in our beautiful, exciting and free country that we call Australia.


Australian is far from equal as you previous stated, Aboriginals health care and life expectancy is a not worse then those who are non Indigenous. According to Authoritative information and statistics to promote better health and well being Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males born in 2010"2012, life expectancy was estimated to be 10.6 years lower than that of the non-Indigenous population for males

Australia Day should be changed to a date that is inclusive to all ethics and cultural groups in Australia especially the Indigenous people who have lived on the land for centuries. The new date should recognise and celebrate the sacrifices and traditions of both European and Aboriginal Australians.

Firstly, for many Indigenous Australians, Australia Day represent a day of mourning and loss.For over 30,00 years Aboriginal people lived in harmony and it wasn"t until the first contact with Europeans did things started going horribly wrong.For started white settlers brought new diseases which killed many Aboriginal. Even worse European began to massacre thousands of Indigenous Australian in cold blood. By 1920, the massacres ended and the population of Aboriginals drop from over 250,00 people to only 60,00. In Victoria only 5.7% of the the original Aboriginal population were living in 1901.

Australian aborigine 2015, Cultural Survival, accessed 18 May 2016, <;.
ABORIGINAL POPULATION STATISTICS 2007, Australian Government, accessed 18 May 2016, <;.
Debate Round No. 1


Australia day is a day to recognise the unique status of the Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islanders. January 26 has multiple meanings - Survival Day and Invasion Day - A day were many Aboriginal Australians were murdered over a period of time and deprived of their land, but also a time when Aborigines survived, and despite the hardship they faced, were able to continue on their unique culture for many years to come.
Our national day should be mature so we can celebrate and mourn at the same time. We as Australians, must respect the fact that Australia day is not a time to make Aborigines engage in Australia Day events, or force them to sing the national anthem. Aborigines - just like us - have a personal decision how they may celebrate Australia Day. Australia Day would quite obviously be hard for Aborigines, and we as their fellow citizens should help them and be by their side through it. Just because we had an alliance and a very terrible history, doesn"t mean we can"t make a difference today. We are all equal and all share our beautiful country together.
On Australia Day, we should honour what is great about Australia and being a citizen, while also remembering the sufferings and now, our commitment to make our country as equal as possible and will continue to do so forever.


I believe that as a nation we should have a day devoted to just celebrating the greatness of Australia and we should have a day of mourning on another day. We should not have to do both on the same day.

Secondly,the invasion on traditional Aboriginal land devastated many indigenous families and communities. European saw Aboriginals as inferior so they thought a way to "eliminate" them was to slowly "breed" them out to nothing. A 1997 report launched by the Australian Government found that between the years of 1910 and 1970 an estimated 10 - 30% of Aboriginal children were separated or removed from their families and communities. This loss of a child had great impacts on families - parent of the children who were taken could not cope with the loss of the child so their would turn to alcohol to help cope, this would sometime lead to alcoholism. The separation of people also caused a loss a traditional languages throughout the generations.

The Stolen Generations 2012, Australians Together, accessed 18 May 2016, <;.
How many children were removed? 2000, The Stolen, accessed18 May 2016, <;.
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Aboriginal Australian's who live traditionally around us are able to speak their traditional languages as they wish and are able to also learn traditional languages in different schools Australia. If you wish to state that Aboriginals lost their traditional languages, you must also recognise that many indigenous Australian's are able to learn their traditional languages today, even after 228 since the invasion of their land.
For example, their are 1216 people in NSW speaking the traditional aboriginal language Kala Lagaw Ya in New South Wales, and there are many hundreds more aborgines in Australia speaking more of the traditional Languages.
The National Australia Day Council (NADC) is committed to playing a part in the journey of Reconciliation by helping all Australians to move forward with a better understanding of our shared past, and importantly how this affects the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today and how we might build a better future together.
Today, Indigenous people are amongst Australia's national government leaders. These people are able to make decisions and suggestions that will benefit the Indigenous culture and people. We must not forget that Aborigines are also very successful people in our society today.
Many Indigenous people today live in towns and cities. They are able to go to work and school, and participate in community activities. Indigenous people today live throughout Australia, just as they did in the past.


Yes, Aboriginal do know their traditional languages and cultural but currently the date of Australian day doesn't recognise and celebrate that. It represents the starting of their culture being taken away from them.

Lastly, Australian day is definitely not inclusive of all groups and cultures. Australian day only celebrates and recognizes the action made by European settlers. The fact the Australian day celebrate the day the date that Captain Arthur Phillip took possession of the colony of New South Wales is evidence enough that for many people think there was nothing important before that day. If this date continues to represent Australia Day we are just reverting back to our unjust and unfair ways.

How, as a country can we celebrate how great our country is now on a day that represent so much loss and sadness for the people who have been living here for thousand of year before most Australians. If we want to celebrate the greatness of Australia we need to change the date to a day where every Australian, Aboriginal or not can celebrate the growth of the country and in doing this we can truly move forward as a nation.

Reference: Australia Day - Invasion Day 2015, Creative Spirits, accessed 18 May 2016, <;
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