According to the Australia Day website: “The tradition of having Australia Day as a national holiday on 26 January is a recent one.Not until 1935 did all the Australian states and territories use that name to mark that date.Wouldn’t that send a better message to everyone that Australia Day is a day intended for ALL Australians to celebrate?
There is no greater opportunity for that conversation than one simple question: What date should Australia Day be held on?
The answer will tell us all we need to know about how ‘great a country Australia is’.
A protest that has never dissipated in the decades that followed.
The most media attention that these protests ever gained was in 1988, the infamous Bicentennial, where the phrase ‘White Australia has a Black History” entered our collective consciousness, but they have always been there in one form or another, whether they are noticed by media or not.
It is not just Indigenous people who have a long history of opposition to this date.
Given how NSW centric the day has historically been, most other states and territories also had a long history of opposition to it being the day that we celebrate Australia.It is the plain and simple truth of what the 26th of January represents, regardless of how you phrase it.Before then, in the lead to the 1888 celebrations, Henry Parkes the premier of NSW at the time was asked if he was planning anything for Aboriginal people on Australia, to which he simply retorted, ‘And remind them that we have robbed them? He knew that Australia Day was not a celebratory day from an Aboriginal perspective, and did not bother with the pretense that it ever could be.Maybe then we might see people who aren’t fascists and racists declaring themselves ‘patriots’. It is a time when we are seeing rights and freedoms for all except the wealthiest Australians (and foreign companies) removed.We are seeing the modest improvements in Indigenous rights eroded and dismantled.New artefact evidence suggests that the continent was first occupied about 65,000 years ago, long after the ancient ancestors of modern humans emerged in Africa.