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maddysalazar
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scarlethurry
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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
Updated: 6 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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maddysalazar

Pro

Today we will be arguing if the date of Australia day should be changed.

Firstly, it is a day celebrating those Aboriginals who were invaded and even killed by the British, who then claim the land as theirs. The 19th century was the period of colonial expansion that destroyed their cultural links to the land. Indigenous australians found themselves on the fringes of the new society, as their lives, values and traditions were pushed aside. Jack Gibson, of the Wiradjuri nation says,"Australia day is a date linked to whiteness, colonialism and perpetuating the myth that Aboriginal people don't belong in this country, so it is important that we always resist that."
scarlethurry

Con

Australia day marks the anniversary of the first fleet that arrived in 1788. Some people see Australia day as a very important day to celebrate the arrival of the British who hugely developed our country and made it liveable around Australia. If the date of Australia day was changed it would no longer mark the day of which the first fleet came to Australia and made our country what it is today.Australia would represent nothing at all and overall would not be as special to the country as it is today. With the Aboriginals calling Australia day 'invasion day' is a very ungrateful action. If it was not for the English coming to Australia and taking action over the Aboriginals we would not have nay of the technology or facilities we have today.
Debate Round No. 1
maddysalazar

Pro

Why should we celebrate a day we killed many people and be proud of that?

Secondly, our day is about Colonisation and other countries surrounding Australia celebrate their day of independance. Celebrating a day of war and massacares is completely wrong. New Zealand celebrates Waitangi Day, which is celebrated on February the 6th, is a day commemorating the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi between the settlers and the local Maori people in 1840, while we are proud of people not agreeing with each other and starting big wars.

Reference: http://www.sbs.com.au...
scarlethurry

Con

In 2011 census showed that about 26% of people living in Australia were Born overseas. Many of these people have moved to Australia from extremely dangerous countries and have come here because it is known to be one of the most liveable countries in the world. The people that have moved to Australia under terrible circumstances use Australia day to thank the British for creating a beautiful country that they have come to, to start over and have a better and more sustainable life. If it wasn't for theBritish coming to Australia on the 26th of January 1788 these people may be dead or in very unsafe conditions as we speak. The 26th of January is a day that is appreciated by many of the people that have moved here.
Debate Round No. 2
maddysalazar

Pro

Australia was already beautiful before the British came, our place is now a polluted country.

Lastly, many Australians says "It"s time to move on". Applying that same logic to non-Aboriginal Australians, "It"s time to move on. The wars were years ago." then we should stop celebrating ANZAC day. Isn"t that a horrible thing to say to our country"s soldiers? Well it goes the same with "Invasion day". As Caine Carrol (a public servant at a protest) says, "A lot of blood has been spilled on this land, and it still hasn"t been recognised, even to this day. It"s important for them to know that their people died fighting for this land, and we are still fighting today for our rights."
scarlethurry

Con

Changing the date of Australia day will not change anything. Even though it may not be as meaningful there are many people in this country that are very passionate about our country and will celebrate it weather it is on the 26th of January or not. Therefor changing the date will only mean that Australians are celebrating Australia day a different time of the year. As for completely abolishing Australia day why don't we have an Indigenous day as well as Australia day? this will be benefiting the people who greatly admire what the British did by building up our country and that celebrate this day and it would also benefit the aboriginals because they will have a day where they can celebrate their culture along with many other Australians.
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