We should change the date of Australia Day, as it doesn't truly celebrate all Australians
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"Australia Day" as the name suggests, should be a day to bring harmony and peace and to bring people of many different cultures together. However, not everyone celebrates the day as it should be. Also called "Invasion Day" or "Survival Day" as it is a day of loss, mourning and grief for many Indigenous Australians. The date of January 26th marks the date that Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islanders" ancestors were murdered, kidnapped and stolen. This is the reason of many protests, riots, violence and anger.
"If your ancestors were dispossessed, slaughtered and had their land and their children stolen, would you celebrate the date on which that all began?"
Australia day should not be changed as its a day to reflect on what we have achieved and what we can be proud of in our great nation. It is much more then barbeques and parties. It is pride and excitement of new citizens who call themselves Australian for the first time on the 26 of January after being conffered Citizenship.
We remember the White Australia Policy, where only people of European backgrounds were settled into Australia. Now, Australia Day is a reminder of those times, of White Australia, of British rule. Australia as we know it today has a very large variety of cultures, and we settle and accept people of different races.
Australia Day is marked on a British historical date, which doesn"t mean much to people of different backgrounds! It doesn't celebrate the coming together of our nation, or the backgrounds of the multicultural society which we now have. We have so many refugees settling in Australia, where they"re hoping for a new home. Australia Day should be a day we should all remember and be proud of, for us to be proud of our accepting country. Changing the date would create a new meaning behind the words of Australia Day, instead of just being a repetitive reminder of the exclusive society Australia used to be.
Finally, a new date would refresh our country. It would remind us of all the good we"vie done and all that we can continue to be. If the date was changed, it"d be a day of harmony, peace, acceptance and happiness for people of all cultures and races, where we can all celebrate our differences together.
What date would we then choose?
A significant date from the past would be okay, such as the following:
13th February- The day in which Kevin Rudd apologised to the aboriginals.
11th April- The day the White Australia Policy was abolished
27th May- The day Aborigines were finally allowed constitutional rights
However, instead of choosing a day of the past, which may be significant for some but not others, I"m suggesting that we choose a fresh new date, which can mean something to people of all races. To choose this date, a plebiscite could take place, asking which dates would be preferable, giving people of all different races their say, after all, we"re all equal and deserve to celebrate Australia Day together, in peace.
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