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Australia Day

I know what you’re thinking. Today is Tuesday but this is not a two-sentence story. I know, but yesterday was a holiday because Australia Day fell on a Saturday this year (and Australian’s love a long weekend). So I spent yesterday frolicking at the beach with my family and that’s put me a bit behind.

The thing about Australia Day is that, it’s not really Australia’s Day – not for everyone. Australia has a long history of brutalising and demeaning non-Anglo people, beginning with the Indigenous people of this country after colonisation followed the landing of the First Fleet on January 26th, 1788.

Australia’s history is not unique. All over the world colonisation brought pain and suffering to the indigenous people of different countries. The past cannot be changed…but people, ideas and sentiments do change.

Modern Australia is not the Australia that once was. Australia Day is a reflection of the sentiments, ideas and beliefs of a certain time. Thankfully, that time has passed. And I have no doubt that my grandchildren will probably celebrate the wonderfulness that is Australia on a completely different date.

And it will be a day that all Australians – Australians who’s ancestry is over two-millennia old and Australians who are freshly arrived and everyone in between, can enjoy and take pride in, together.

And hopefully it will be in February, because we really need a long-weekend slotted in there.