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CaitlinHS
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Jessie.do2015
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Why Australia Day should be changed

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Started: 5/24/2016 Category: Society
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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CaitlinHS

Pro

January 26th, the day that marks the arrival of the first fleet in 1788 is intended to bring the population of Australia together as one. Although, it has been recognised that instead of bringing both Aboriginals and non-aboriginals together it is creating more of a division. January 26th is not the right date to celebrate this, in respect for the Aboriginals.

Firstly, Australia Day is known as a mourning day for most Aboriginal and Terror Strait Islanders. When Captain Arthur Phillip arrived in Australia in 1788, the land was claimed although the Aboriginals already had use of it for living purposes. They were not shown the respect they deserved when they were invaded. Unfortunately non-aboriginals will never understand how they feel on the 26th of January. All people deserve to look forward to Australia day and for Aborigines the lead up to Australia day is less of a celebration and is more so seen as a time of anger frustration and sadness because of the disrespect and unfairness shown.
Jessie.do2015

Con

But if we always think about the invasion, how are we going to move on from our wrong doings. Of course it is important to respect each of our opinions but sometimes we need to think, how can I help resolve the feud. I know it is hard to forget when the British entered this land, which started the beginning of the stolen generation, the discrimination against non-white people and the day when land and beliefs were stolen, which is why many people and I are sorry. Sorry for not respecting Indigenous Australians before, sorry for taking Indigenous children away from their children and I don"t think there is enough sorrys that can heal the amount of holes in mother"s heart, but I can say this, let us all think of Australia Day as a day where all races are reunited to celebrate the modern country we can call Australia. In order to do this we need to accept what has happened and do something fix the relationship. In my belief, it"s not the day January 26th that is causing all of this commotion, it"s the fact that we"re not all on the same page. We should only have one definition to Australia Day, but yet we have millions of different opinions, "Invasion Day" or "Day of Mourning" is just a few. Either way, people will still reflect on these words even if it is not January 26th. The physical abuse doesn"t just happen on Australia Day, but on days with no special occasions. In school we are taught to become better people to change the humanity of the world, but are we doing this? The amount of tears dropping from people"s eyes is miserable enough, so I ask you a question, if Australia Day was changed would there be no tears in people"s eyes, no violence or any type assault, because I don"t think so. It is the fact that we as humans need to make the humanity of the world a better place by actually uniting and supporting each other, not just for the sake of it, but for the next generation not having to think of one another in disgrace. So let us not change Australia Day to another date, because it won"t change anything, but change the way we respond to each other.
Debate Round No. 1
CaitlinHS

Pro

My opponent has mentioned that the change of date of Australia Day would not make an impact to the way Aboriginals and non-Aboriginals act towards each other so there is no point in changing the date, although they forgot to mention that protesting from Aboriginals will decrease the more respect they are shown.

Secondly, after the first fleet a series of events occurred that affected the lives of Aboriginals. The stolen generation was one event that still to this day cannot be forgotten. The Europeans took aboriginal children away from their families. They were taught to reject their indigenous heritage and to adopt white culture. Every year on the 26th of January, these people are reminded of the hard time that were caused. The arrival also brought disease to the country we now call Australia which lead to many deaths of Aboriginals and Terror Staite Islanders. Smallpox, influenza and measles spread through densely populated Australian tribes. Europeans also brought alcohol and tobacco to Australia and Aborigines soon became addicted and lost touch with their culture. So the date of Australia Day should be changed so that the Aboriginals don"t have to be reminded of the abuse their ancestors went through.
Jessie.do2015

Con

It"s tough when devastating things has happened to the Indigenous heritage. As I have mentioned, many Australian"s are sorry for that devastating era, but let us all co-operate by actually celebrating for the multicultural country we are today. When the first fleet arrived from England on January 26th, this marked the first day of Australia and is how Australia"s population grew to become a country of different cultures. As our country is full of different nationalities, Australia Day helps us to unite and celebrate. I do know the first fleet brought many conflicts, but because of the first fleet this attracted many people from around the world to live her, especially in times of crisis like the Vietnam War, so this is how we became a mixed race. Our diversity of cultures is something we should be proud of as not all countries has a country like ours. We have grown to all types of cultures, that each street in the city represents a nationality like Lygon Street refers to the Italian cuisine and Chinatown sells asian food and goods. In the word Australia, we already know it involves all types of cultures, so Australia Day is just another way to embrace our multiculturalism including the Indigenous heritage.
Debate Round No. 2
CaitlinHS

Pro

Although my opponent has mentioned that Australia Day should be a time to celebrate being a multicultural country, Aboriginals should be celebrated as they were the first people here.

As I have mentioned before Australia day is a mourning day for aboriginals. With it bring a reminder of all the horrible events the Europeans put them through and the suffering and pain they received. The date of Australia Day should be changed so the Aboriginals get their say and so they receive the recognition and respect they deserve.
Jessie.do2015

Con

Although, many people think of Australia Day as a day of when awful things happened, January 26th doesn"t just mean the day when the first fleet invaded Australia, but when a new culture was brought in. This is one reason why we celebrate Australia, to commemorate our multicultural country we are today. If we were to change the date, this will have no positive benefit. It is our relationship with each other that needs to be fixed. Abuse with each other has still happened outside of Australia Day, so our contact with each other is much more important than changing the day. For 85% of people, Australia Day is a day of celebration voted by Australians, which we should put into account. When the first fleet arrived on January 26th, this is part of our history of how we became a country we are today. We have celebrated this for 218 years in which we have recognised our landscape, what Australia has achieved but also what Australia can do better in the future. If we want to do better in the future everyone has to co-operate to move on from the pass. Australia Day can also be known as the day we became a mixed race, a country which helped people from execution like the Vietnam War and if we clarify with our miscommunication, then we can call Australia Day when we became a whole as well.
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