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angehariman
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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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Georgieray

Pro

Australia day , a nice day spent with family or friends, going out having fun. But Australia day isn"t all sunshine and rainbows it has quite a dark history. Australia Day excludes Indigenous Australians. In fact Australia actually commemorates the invasion of the First Fleet, that's is why some people refer to this day as "Invasion Day" or "Day of Mourning". Australia day is supposed to be a happy day not a day of mourning and its should represent all Australians and it should bring us all together as a country to celebrate how beautiful it is here "down under". That is why we should change the date of Australia day to a date that doesn't represent the day where Aboriginals had their land taken off them

References:
Newmatilda.com 2016, CHANGE THE DATE: Read This If You Want To Know Why Australia Day Is So Offensive To Aboriginal People, ., <https://newmatilda.com...;. (accessed 17 May 2016)

Wikipedia 2016, Australia Day, .,, <https://en.wikipedia.org...;. (accessed 19 May 2016)
angehariman

Con

Firstly, we are doing many things to the aboriginals such as giving them funding so there is no reason y they should call Australia day Invasion day when we are helping them to live a better and healthy life.
First Fleet's voyage to Australia.
In the late 1700s Britain found itself with too many prisoners and not enough prisons to hold. So the First Fleet loaded up with 759 convicts, travelled to the other side of the world and set up the first Australian colony.They landed at Sydney Cove on January 26 the date it became Australia Day. They should leave Australia Day on the same date because it was the day that the British discovered Australia. If the British did not come to Australia the aboriginals will still have been much more poorer and sick
Debate Round No. 1
Georgieray

Pro

The date of Australia day is not an appropriate date for Aboriginal people because it marks the beginning of Aboriginal people being dispossessed, slaughtered, losing the right to practice their culture and having their land and children taken away from them. How can a person celebrate a date that caused such terrible impacts to the Aboriginal people. The Aboriginal people lost their land and their right to practice their culture and people celebrate the date that was the start of that. Why would someone celebrate day of their people being oppressed.

Many people believe that we should just move on from this because it happened in the past. The problem with that statement is the Aboriginal people won"t and shouldn't forget what happened to their ancestors, nobody would be able to forget the horrid things that the Aboriginal people had to go through. Australia should be a day of mourning and loss not a day of celebration for a land that was stolen.

References:
Newmatilda.com 2016, CHANGE THE DATE: Read This If You Want To Know Why Australia Day Is So Offensive To Aboriginal People, ., <https://newmatilda.com...;. (accessed 17 May 2016)
angehariman

Con

Australia day should stay they same because it has been that date for a very long time and would be very unusual if the date changed.

Australians who see January 26 as an opportunity to celebrate with friends and family because they believe Australia is a great country to live in. Their focus is on the present and not on the past. It is not they have forgotten the past, it's just that they believe there is no value in dwelling on the past.So too Australia Day, irrespective of any historical significance of January 26, can be a day of celebration for all people in this country who are happy and proud to call themselves Australian. Celebrating this day does not preclude people from reflecting on the negatives associated with colonisation but ultimately people decide for themselves what the day will mean for them. For many it is an opportunity to celebrate that they live in this fantastic country.

Those who want to be miserable on that day are free to do so but they should allow others to make it a day of celebration.

Reference:

"Moving Australia Day." Btn. ABC News, 9 Feb. 2016. Web. 17 May 2016. <http://www.abc.net.au...;.
"There Is Much to Celebrate on Australia Day." The Drum. Ed. Chris Brown. N.p., 26 Jan. 2016. Web. 17 May 2016. <http://www.abc.net.au...;.
Debate Round No. 2
Georgieray

Pro

Even though it is a day to celebrate and have fun, would you find it fun if people were dancing on the graves of your ancestors. We can't just say it was in the past because many policies that the British introduced after their arrival are still being enforced today - Aboriginal people do not have the same rights as non- Aboriginal people for example child removal rates are higher today than at any point during the Stolen Generations era.

The reason why Australia Day excludes Aboriginals is because it is celebrated on a date that is a date for most Aboriginal people to mourn over the loss of their ancestors and the loss of their culture. Celebrating Australia Day on this date is terrible and it's terrible to think that politician and some Australians haven't come to their sense and had a deep thought on what actually happened to the Aboriginal people. Put yourself in the shoes of an Aboriginal and think about what it would feel like to have your child taken off you just because of your race, imagine people celebrating a day that is filled with the losses of people's lives

References:
Newmatilda.com 2016, CHANGE THE DATE: Read This If You Want To Know Why Australia Day Is So Offensive To Aboriginal People, ., <https://newmatilda.com...;. (accessed 20 May 2016)

Brull, M 2011, Why I won't be celebrating Australia Day, ., <http://www.abc.net.au...;. (accessed 18 May 2016,)

Creative Spirits n.d., Australia Day - Invasion Day, ., <http://www.creativespirits.info... >.(accessed 18 May 2016,)
angehariman

Con

Changing the date is not going to bring about any long-lasting meaningful change in the emotional or physical well-being of those people who believe that calling January 26 Australia Day is the cause of their grief. It has been in the Australian history for 200 years.
Many indigenous people are grateful today because they live in towns and cities, invasion day are just words, Aboriginals now go to school and work they have a much better education and are able to participate in community activities.

I think its time to let go of that now and move onto the wonderful things that Australia has brought to them today.
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