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Australia Day is celebrated by many Australians on 26 January.

Recently, amongst other things, one of Melbourne's suburbs unanimously voted to:
cancel references to Australia Day and its annual citizenship ceremony.
refer to the day as "26 January" until another culturally appropriate name is identified.

Do you agree?

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I have a problem, of 'how' Australia came about.
Yes...I'm English by birth, but totally ashamed 'how' the English came and did what they did to the Aborigines. Totally dreadful, and makes me sick inside, just to think about it...So it is a time when my heart just falls into a sad heep....how this Country came to be.
I know I am slightly off Topic, but it's all relevant.
I think that this is a preposterous idea. I don't think it is a very well thought out idea, and they will live to regret it. It is political correctness gone crazy, to appease a minority of the population who live in that area. They were not thinking of the fallout when making this decision. Australia day is a long held patriotic holiday for ALL Australians. It is not about celebrating who invaded who, it is about celebrating this great country, and ALL the diverse peoples calling it home. To move the day, or rename it, would make it totally lose its lustre. I'm not sure whether any other countries around the world do this to appease their indigenous people. Maybe the aboriginals could have their own day of celebration on a day of their choosing?
There is nothing for the Aboriginals to celebrate, if one looks into what was done to them.
by jonaja
I don't think moving the day would ruin the celebration, since the date has been changed several times before. It has only been celebrated consistently on that date as a public holiday nationally since 1994. https://www.australiaday.org.au/australia-day/history/ I think the point is more that it's offensive to them for us to celebrate invading their country. I don't know of any other countries changing their national holidays because their indigenous people wished it either, but that nobody else has done something so far isn't really an argument not to do it if it's the right thing to do.
Totally agree Lluxi. Once again the PC brigade on the rampage. Why is it that the minority 'squeaky wheel' always gets heard over the vast majority? Not happy Jan!
by poppy
This is rather interesting. In matters of political correctness its hard to tell who wins.
True. I meant if they want to celebrate their aboriginality and their beautiful country. It was truly awful what happened to them for sure.
Just go along with it. Whatever. Won't be too long before we can forget Christmas, Easter etc. too.


I agree with Lluxi…..does any other country drop celebrating their National holidays because of what was done to their indigenous people, like as a for instance, America. I don't think so. Good grief, imagine suggesting that to the Yanks.
by fran.
I can't see Christmas or Easter being abolished any time soon. Even atheists like a day off to spend with their families.
I don't see why we need to change this, it's been Australia day for as long as I remember, why change it now?
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