Happy Australia Day!
For me Australia day is all about all Australians celebrating our diversity, achievements and moving forward together in a positive way.
Ever since the beginning of Australia day in 1938, there has always been some Indigenous Australian’s who refer to it as invasion day or survival day because they believe it is a day of mourning instead of a day of celebration. Morning and acknowledging the history of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including the trauma caused by government policies of assimilation and separation that saw many people removed from their traditional lands and culture. This also includes recognition of the violence of the Frontier Wars, a period of conflict between settlers and Australia’s Indigenous peoples, which lasted from 1788 up until the time around the Coniston massacre in 1928. January 26, marks the anniversary of the arrival of the first fleet and the beginning of all the injustices against Australia’s Indigenous.* Federation day has been proposed as the alternate date. It was on New Years day in 1901 that British Colonies formed to make a federation.
I am not Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. So it is easy to say, well this doesn’t affect me. It may not affect me personally and I don’t think we should always make decisions based on a disgruntled minority. In this case, I think it makes sense and is the right thing to do. That’s if a referendum showed it is what the majority of Indigenous Australians want. I mean would any one ever say to the families of world war one veterans to just get over it. No way, no would dare to say that. So why can people easily say ‘get over it’ to our Indigenous? The last of the stolen generation were taken in the early 1970’s. That is not that long ago.
The name Australia day wasn’t adopted until 1935 and it was not until 1994 that the day was consistently marked as a public holidays across all states and territories. So I don’t think it’s any big deal to change it. For me I am personally not fussed whether Australia day is celebrated on the 1st or 26th. There are many other possible dates. What is important to me is that it is a day of celebration for all Australians. That there is no longer this division between Australia day and Invasion day. As I said at the beginning of this post ‘Australia day is all about all Australians celebrating our diversity, achievements and moving forward together in a positive way.
Any way, these are just my thoughts. Every one is entitled to their opinions. I hope you all have a great day. What has every one got planned? We are going over to meet my Mum at my Nana’s. She lives on the bay, so the kids are going to have a swim and afterwards we are planning to have fish n chips for lunch