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Australia Day

The parties who associated themselves under the title of «United Australians» have been censured for adopting a principle of exclusiveness. It is not fair so to censure them. If they invited emigrants to join them they would give offence to another class of persons – while if they invited all they would be subject to the presence of persons with whom they might not wish to associate. That was a good reason. The «Australians» had a perfect right to dine together if they wished it, and no one has a right to complain.

Australia Day – why we need to change the date

There are many things we want to celebrate about Australia, but 26 January doesn’t represent an inclusive day for everyone. The dispossession of Australia’s First Peoples began on this date in 1788 representing a day of mourning rather than celebration. There is a growing movement in Australia to ‘change the date’ of Australia Day to a day more inclusive of all Australians. This is a movement we support as a company. This is why.

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For many Indigenous Australians, the 26th of January isn’t a day for celebrating. Indigenous people may be just as proud of this country, but many see January 26th as a date signifying the beginning of dispossession, disease epidemics, frontier violence, destruction of culture, exploitation, abuse, separation of families and subjection to policies of extreme social control. Consequently, some Australians (including many Indigenous people) refer to January 26th by other names, such as Invasion Day, Survival Day and Day of Mourning.

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For many Indigenous Australians, the 26th of January isn’t a day for celebrating. Indigenous people may be just as proud of this country, but many see January 26th as a date signifying the beginning of dispossession, disease epidemics, frontier violence, destruction of culture, exploitation, abuse, separation of families and subjection to policies of extreme social control. Consequently, some Australians (including many Indigenous people) refer to January 26th by other names, such as Invasion Day, Survival Day and Day of Mourning.

Significant dates and events for Aboriginal peoples

The week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort. May 27 marks the anniversary of Australia’s most successful referendum and a defining event in our nation’s history. The 1967 referendum saw over 90 per cent of Australians vote to give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and recognise them in the national census.

WGAR News: The day I don't feel Australian? That would be Australia Day: Chelsea Bond, The Conversation

In my opinion, any person – not just Aboriginals – who accepts these nominations without condemnation of the essence of Australia Day celebrations, lacks a social conscience. Those participating in Australia Day ceremonies and awards have an opportunity to call for a change of date for national celebrations. They rarely do.