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carla.abate
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tahlia.gar
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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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carla.abate

Con

I believe Australia day should stay on January 26th because it is one of the most unique national days in the world that celebrates the anniversary of the arrival of the first fleet of criminals to Australia in 1788. Although it celebrates the anniversary, the real meaning reflects contemporary Australia, our diverse society and landscape, our remarkable achievements and our bright future. It also is an opportunity to reflect on our nation's history, and what's great about Australia and being Australian.
tahlia.gar

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The date does not reflect our achievments. In fact, it shows our immaturity towards the our history and Aboriginal people.
In 1808, Australian made the controversial call of naming the 26th of January, Australia Day. Although this is important to white man, we have omitted the native founders of the Australian land. Not everyone celebrates Australia Day with happiness as it should be. While most Australians celebrate Australia Day with a BBQ or by the beach, the Aborigines are mourning the loss of their loved ones who passed away in their fight for freedom and human rights. To many people, the 26th of January is know as Australia Day but to Aboriginals, its commonly know as "Invasion Day", "Day of Mourning", "Survival Day" or, since 2006, "Aboriginal Sovereignty Day." Many claim that "on Australia Day we come together as a nation to celebrate what's great about Australia. In fact, the invasion of the white people on tore apart the nation of Indigenous Aboriginals.
Debate Round No. 1
carla.abate

Con

As you previously stated the pity of the Australia Day controversy is that it needn't have happened. We have formally apologised to stolen generations, we've spent billions as a country to try to lift Aborigines out of poverty, we hold welcome-to-the-country ceremonies and pay respects to Aboriginal elders at government and sporting events to show our good hearts and we recognise Aborigines as a race with prior claim to this country. Through these actions our history has been rewritten and today many Aborigines are happy to call themselves Australian's and celebrate this day, therefore your point is invalid.
tahlia.gar

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All Australians have somehow benefitted from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The Aboriginals cultivated our land, in ways different from white man. They were taught to preserve, never to destroy .They learnt to live with the land, not to live off it. That"s something worth acknowledging. They taught the British colonies to hunt using their native hunting tools such as the wooden spear and the boomerang to collect food. David Unaipon, Indigenous inventor, who designed the pre sketch of the World War 2 helicopters based on the principles of the boomerang. Today, without his genius invention, the helicopter would not be as advanced as it now. Adam Goodes, along with his talent towards football, holding 2 Brownlow Medals and 2014"s Australian of the Year, he is actively involved in many Aboriginal sport and community programs, working with troubled teens. These Aboriginal people have changed the way Australia is today, the least they can do is commemorate a date to them.
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