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gabby.hl
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juliettekeeffe
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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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gabby.hl

Pro

I strongly believe that the date of Australia Day should changed from the 26th of January to a different day as this is a day that the Aboriginals mourn for the loss of their rights to their land, loss of family and the loss of the right to practice their culture. While many people celebrate Australia Day with a Barbeque or a nice day out at the beach to celebrate our wonderful country, the Aborigines are mourning the loss of their loved ones who passed away in their fight for freedom and human rights. The 26th pf January is the day which marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove by Governor Arthur Phillips. Changing the date would show that we have aspirations for this country to become greater than it is. There are better dates to change Australia day that is important for Australia as a country, especially the 13th of February which is the day the Kevin Rudd apologised to the aboriginals for the past.
juliettekeeffe

Con

Australia Day is the anniversary of the arrival of the first fleet from Great Britain. Australia Day isn't a day to celebrate the the suffering of Aboriginal people but the beginning of our nation"s story. Why should we change the day were we became a nation? changing the day won't fix anything. White people still hurt many aboriginals and nothing will change. No amount of apologies will ever change that. Changing Australia Day won't change the past. This day is very important to many Australians especially to the new citizens, which officially are now Australian. This day has been in Australian history for over 200 years. Do we really want to change it?
Debate Round No. 1
gabby.hl

Pro

Australia day may be a day for celebration but for some it is a day for mourning, why should we come together as a nation on a day where we mourn? In 2008, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd formally apologised to the Indigenous people who were forcibly removed as children from their homes and parents' care and placed in Church missions or adoptive white family. At the time, the government saw it as a protective measure for future mixed race Aboriginal children, whereby their Aboriginal hertitage would be bred-out in a couple of generations time. For decades, the Indigenous community asked for the Australian government to apologise. Now that's it has finally happened, it's worthy of celebrating every year. Australia Day is the day filled with little more than flag waving and mass consumption of alcohol, to distract us from the fact that we aren"t as great a country as some would otherwise like to think. Keeping Australia Day the same means that we have more respect for the awful past and not enough care to fix this situation up. Would you want our ansectors to mourn a day that should be a happy day for our country?
juliettekeeffe

Con

Australia Day should be a celebration of the bringing together of Indigenous, white people and those who come from other countries around the world who now live in Australia. If it wasn't for all our different cultures, Australia wouldn't be the way it is now. We should also have a indigenous day so that we can celebrate the indigenous community and what they have done for this country. They were the first land owners who deserve to have there own day, without changing Australia day. We both can have individual days but celebrate as 1, as Australians.
Debate Round No. 2
gabby.hl

Pro

Australia Day has lost it respect towards the date, by choosing a new date, we will not only refresh our country but also show that we have aspirations for it to become greater than it already is. 46.3% of Australian's believe that Australia Day is not worth celebrating as it is "a day that represents loss and injustice and just an excuse to drink" 1 in 10 Australians don"t even know the real reason behind commemorating Australia Day on the 26th of January. How would you like it if the day that your ancestors were harmed was celebrated? That is bad enough, why not change it to a day where Australia is proud of their actions and not ashamed of them? All Aboriginal people have drastically changed the way Australia is, the least we can do is commemorate a date to them. Would you celebrate the date on which your ancestors were impoverished, executed and had their love ones stolen? Australia Day should be changed from the 26th of January to another date just simply because even though it is a date that we should remember when the first fleet came to Australia, it is a sad day and a day to mourn and not a day to celebrate
juliettekeeffe

Con

Australia Day is a day to celebrate because if it wasn't for white people we wouldn't have the things we have now such as shops, cars, buildings, all of us would not be here today. We introduced animals such as cows and horses. Australia wouldn't of been developed the way it is today if it wasn't for white people. We should celebrate Australia day on the 26th of January because we are celebrating the good. Even though Australia did wrong, positives came out of this as well. January 26th is the the day to celebrate Australia day.
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