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Should The Date of Australia Day Be Changed?
The date of Australia Day should be changed.
Australia Day has no long standing history, so there should be less resistance to change.
There are other dates, which are equally important in founding modern Australia, that could instead be celebrated.
Th original Australians have suffered because of white settlement.
If it offends people, the date should be changed.
The 26th of January commemorates the establishment of the first settlement in the colony of
New South Wales
. This is not the same as Australia.
Some people consider it celebrating genocide.
Most national days celebrate
, nationhood or
rather than colonisation [
list of National Days
The sins of the parent cannot be blamed on the children. Current Australians are blameless for their ancestors' actions.
A date change does not erase any atrocities.
Australia currently enjoys one of the best lifestyles in the world and the indigenous people are beneficiaries of that.
Changing the date of Australia Day would lessen the impact and visibility of Invasion Day protests. The uglier aspects of Australia's origin belong as part of the National Holiday.
The indigineous people have many greater problems to solve that are more than symbolism.
It is the way Australia Day is acknowledged, rather than the date itself, that should be changed.
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