It is apparent that January the 26th isn’t the choice date to celebrate Australia Day for Indigenous Australians with many preferring to remember it as Invasion Day, being the anniversary of the day Arthur Phillip hoisted the Union Jack on Australian soil.
Many non-Indigenous Australians, too, don’t like that date as it links our past with our English heritage and in doing so, we do not celebrate something that helped forged our identity.
I’d like Australia Day to be the day when we one day become a republic, but that’s in the future. Hopefully, not too far in the future.
Would anybody else like to see Australia Day moved? I’ve put together a few dates which you may wish to mull over. Or maybe you can come up with a better suggestion. Anyway, here’s the list:
January 1: the day of our Federation (1901) but also a public holiday in Australia, which doesn’t matter, we’ll have the next day off too.
April 25: currently ANZAC Day but arguably the event that brings out our patriotism more than any other day of the calendar year.
June 3: in 1992 the High Court delivered the Mabo decision and effectively ended the erronous concept of terra nullius, belatedly recognising prior Indigenous ownership of the land.
September 25: in 2004 Port Adelaide won the AFL premiership.
October 25: in 1616 Dirk Hartog was the first European to set foot in Australian.
November 18: my birthday. Why should I celebrate it alone when we can have one big party?
December 3: the Eureka Stockade began in 1854.
So on what date should we fire up the barbie?