Happy Australia Day
It’s 26th January and yep I’m saying it Loud and Proud!!
HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY!!!
I have seen many posts over the last couple of days.
Many people are refusing to celebrate this year, calling “Invasion Day” a disgrace to our Indigenous population and out of respect and in solidarity with them, we should abolish Australia Day altogether or at least move the celebration to another day.
I understand, how these people feel, the terrible acts committed against Indigenous Australians in our early days of colonisation, were indeed horrific and need to be recognised and acknowledged.
Our children need to be taught about these atrocities, alongside the arrival of the First Fleet and the repercussions of the expansion of White Settlement and what this meant for our Indigenous population.
Although what occurred was indeed disgraceful and many generations later the scars are still obvious, unfortunately our history can’t be changed.
However I love this country for:-
- I love it for the opportunity it is giving my girls and the opportunity it gives to all who arrive here from far, wide and from across the sea.
- I love it for the peaceful lifestyle, free from conflict and war. I mean really, we all get on pretty well together. We don’t have civil wars. We understand the meaning of a peaceful demonstration. We are all a pretty laid back mob, who prefer to use words rather than weapons.
- I love this country for it’s diversity. One minute you can be relaxing by a gorgeous beach, the next embracing the heat and rugged beauty of the Outback.
- I love the fact that we don’t have to worry about gun crime. After Port Arthur in 1996, an event that shocked us all. All Australians pretty much agreed that the need for high powered automatic and semi automatic guns were not necessary. The government bought them back, no fuss, no muss and we are all safer for it.
- We look out for one another. We know our neighbours. Most of us are more than willing to help a friend in need at any time of the day or night. We know the true meaning of ‘mateship’.
- We have a pretty good health system and education system that is pretty much available to most of the population, one that is actually the envy of other countries.
- The fact that in the morning I can have Italian for breakfast, follow it up with Chinese for lunch and finish with a hamburger for dinner.
- You haven’t lived until you have sucked Milo or Coffee through a Tim Tam.
- Vegemite on toast – say no more.
- Admiring and respecting many of our family members that went away to war, some never to return. They thought that the Australia they were defending and dying for was worth it.
- I love it for the lamington and the pavlova. For Dame Edna, INXS, Steve Irwin, Kylie Minogue and Hugh Jackman. For the kangaroo, platypus and Koala.
- The fact that we are a smart, democratic and innovative people.
- That we can be proud of our successes in sport, the arts and sciences.
So that’s what I will be celebrating this Australia Day, a nation that has come so far in such a short space of time.
I believe we can help heal the horrors of the past, while celebrate the fantastic country that we have become today and look forward to the future.
I, like most Australians look back on our beginnings and remember those early Australians who suffered at the hands of our early settlers.
Each time I go to a school assembly, or listen to a public speech I hear the words;
” I would like to Acknowledge the ……. people who are the traditional custodians of this land. I would also like to pay respect to Elders both past and present of the ……… nation and extend that respect to other Aboriginal people present.”
And I really feel that these words are an important step in our healing.
Healing and remembering is just important as celebrating, but why do we have to do one without the other?
Just because our nation was founded amongst hurt and pain, doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate what an amazing people we have become today, Indigenous and White Australian alike.
Celebrate how we have grown as a nation and acknowledge, that what we need to continue to do, is to create unity and harmony, rather than incite division.
Living in harmony is what Australians are good at and what the world admires us for, lets lead by example.
Happy Australia Day