On Australia Day we celebrate all the things we love about Australia: land, sense of fair go, lifestyle, democracy, the freedoms we enjoy but particularly our people. Australia Day is about acknowledging and celebrating the contribution that every Australian makes to our contemporary and dynamic nation.
On the 23rd January 2011, at 2.30pm, the Museum will host an Australia Day Debate. You can listen to our speakers, Sam Watson and Nigel Parbury, debate whether the 26th January is the most appropriate date to celebrate our national identity. You will also have the opportunity to ask them your own.
Yes, indeed, we do not celebrate invasion on Australia Day — so why on earth would we want it held on the invasion's anniversary? Let's not pretend that we have any great attachment to January 26.
Australia Day should support diverse lives and culture. On 26 January, these celebrations condone genocide, racism and destruction of Indigenous lives and culture. As a young person who grew up in this country, I want to feel proud on Australia Day. I want to celebrate an inclusive society surrounded by my friends and family.
Australia Day has wandered around the calendar and it was only the 1988 Bicentenary which pinned it down through the work of the Australia Day Council. And that is where the wandering should end.
More reasons not to celebrate Australia Day on January 26. Credit: Craig Sillitoe 1.It's only a public holiday in NSW. The First Fleet arrived in Sydney on 26 January 1788 and proceeded to.
Why We Should Change the Date of Australia Day It's Time:. 1788 was the date that James Cook and the First Fleet landed on Australian soil for the first time, and that's why we celebrate it.
Essay: Australia Day Australia Day is a day set aside to commemorate the arrival of Captain Arthur Phillip and the First Fleet at Sydney Cove on the 26 January 1788. On the day of his arrival, Captain Arthur Phillip declared the area that became the colony of New South Wales to be a British possession.
Percentage who agree that Australia Day should not be on a day that is offensive to Aboriginal people. 56% Percentage who say that they don’t mind when we hold Australia Day, as long as we have a day to celebrate being a nation.
Australia Day Council has attempted since the early 1990s to reframe Australia Day as an occasion where we can “celebrate and mourn at the same time”. “We respect the views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who consider 26 January as a day of mourning, or a day to mark the survival.
This week we mark a very significant day in Australia’s history. January 26, 1788, was the first time Europeans landed on this continent to stay.
The 26th of January, 1788, Australia Day, as we all should know, is the day that the First Fleet landed and when British colonisation began. This isn’t the date when Australia was officially established, but it was a historical turning point for our land.
Others see the critique of Australia Day celebrations as excessive political correctness and governments pandering to the whims of minorities. It’s true, that as Australians, we should be able to come together and celebrate the things about our nation that we’re proud of and grateful for.
P ublic opinion about Australia Day is changing. According to a recent poll by the Australia Institute, 56% of Australians don’t mind when the national holiday is held, so long as we have one.
Australia Day debate rages on Aussies are still divided over a date that’s meant to unite the country. Here’s why our national day has become a battleground.The day was first called Foundation Day or Anniversary Day before becoming widely adopted by all States in 1935 as Australia Day. The social and political environment of the 1935 era is yet another reason to move the date. Third, 1935 was arguably the height of the white Australia policy. Asian and black.If children are asking questions about Australia Day and its origins, it’s up to us to work out what our conscience says about why we celebrate Australia Day. Then we should answer with truthfulness (as best we can) and clarity. Finally, we might turn our response into a question and ask our kids, “Why do YOU think we celebrate Australia.