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The Controversy of Australia Day!!!

Australia celebrates the 26th of January as Australia Day, just like the Yankees celebrate the 4th of July. But it is not as grandiose like the 4th of July because it is marred with controversy and only few people celebrate it. There are no notable celebrations, fireworks or festivities like in other countries. Most importantly, the country is split on that day and questions have been raised the relevance of the day (26th Jan) as more people are now calling to be moved to another day and others are insisting that it should be left alone.

Why 26th of January?

https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/australia/australia-day

"Background

January 26 marks the landing of the First Fleet, a convoy of 11 ships carrying convicts, at Port Jackson in 1788. This event represents the founding of the colony New South Wales (Sydney).

In 1818, on the 30th anniversary of the founding of the colony, the Governor of New South Wales (Sydney) gave all government employees a holiday. He also celebrated the day with a 30-gun salute and a ball. In the following years, employees of banks and other organizations were also given holidays.

Initially, it was only New South Wales (Sydney) that celebrated the day, and it was known as First Landing Day or Foundation Day. In 1838, 50 years after the First Fleet arrived, Foundation Day was declared Australia's first public holiday in New South Wales (Sydney).

By 1935, January 26 was known as Australia Day in all states except New South Wales (Sydney), where it was still called Anniversary Day. From 1946, January 26 was called Australia Day in all states and territories, and since 1994, the Australia Day public holiday has been on January 26 throughout the country.

Because it marks the day of colonization, Aboriginal Australians often feel that the celebrations on Australia Day exclude them. The day has been renamed Invasion Day, and protests do appear side-by-side the celebrations."

https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/australia/australia-day

Tens of thousands of people demonstrated today across all over Australia calling for the day to be abolished because; 1) it offends the Indigenous people who consider it to be a day the British invaded them and took their country, 2) A Federation (all States and Territories were ruled separately via a governor on behalf of the Queen) was established on January 1, 1901 and that is the day Australia became an Independent nation, therefore, it should be celebrated that day.
 
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The Controversy of Australia Day!!!

Australia celebrates the 26th of January as Australia Day, just like the Yankees celebrate the 4th of July. But it is not as grandiose like the 4th of July because it is marred with controversy and only few people celebrate it. There are no notable celebrations, fireworks or festivities like in other countries. Most importantly, the country is split on that day and questions have been raised the relevance of the day (26th Jan) as more people are now calling to be moved to another day and others are insisting that it should be left alone.

Why 26th of January?

https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/australia/australia-day

"Background

January 26 marks the landing of the First Fleet, a convoy of 11 ships carrying convicts, at Port Jackson in 1788. This event represents the founding of the colony New South Wales (Sydney).

In 1818, on the 30th anniversary of the founding of the colony, the Governor of New South Wales (Sydney) gave all government employees a holiday. He also celebrated the day with a 30-gun salute and a ball. In the following years, employees of banks and other organizations were also given holidays.

Initially, it was only New South Wales (Sydney) that celebrated the day, and it was known as First Landing Day or Foundation Day. In 1838, 50 years after the First Fleet arrived, Foundation Day was declared Australia's first public holiday in New South Wales (Sydney).

By 1935, January 26 was known as Australia Day in all states except New South Wales (Sydney), where it was still called Anniversary Day. From 1946, January 26 was called Australia Day in all states and territories, and since 1994, the Australia Day public holiday has been on January 26 throughout the country.

Because it marks the day of colonization, Aboriginal Australians often feel that the celebrations on Australia Day exclude them. The day has been renamed Invasion Day, and protests do appear side-by-side the celebrations."

https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/australia/australia-day

Tens of thousands of people demonstrated today across all over Australia calling for the day to be abolished because; 1) it offends the Indigenous people who consider it to be a day the British invaded them and took their country, 2) A Federation (all States and Territories were ruled separately via a governor on behalf of the Queen) was established on January 1, 1901 and that is the day Australia became an Independent nation, therefore, it should be celebrated that day.
You said country, not some knockoff version off Britain
 
@AussieHustler Why do you guys still have the britsh flag inside your flag

@Yeeyi

The Union Jack represents the historical side of British settlement in Australia.

Why does the Puntland flag looks like the Sierra Leone flag?


Puntland flag
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Sierra Leone flag

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Huge crowds attend Invasion Day marches across Australia's capital cities.


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Scott Morrison (Australian Prime Minister) has said 26 January 1788 was “pretty miserable” for his ancestor, in a speech defending the celebration of Australia Day, while tens of thousands of people joined Invasion Day marches around the country calling for the public holiday to be abolished.

Morrison told a citizenship ceremony in Canberra that his fifth great grandfather, William Roberts, arrived with the first fleet in a group that was “wretched, naked, filthy, dirty, lousy, and many of them utterly unable to stand, or even to stir hand or foot”.

Six hundred kilometres away, in Melbourne, his comments were echoed to a crowd of more than 40,000 people who congregated on Spring Street outside Parliament House before the Invasion Day march.

“Those poor people were in chains, they were suffering we pitied them,” a speaker said. “What are you defending?”

The rally in Melbourne followed a dawn service at the memorial marking the burial site of 38 Aboriginal people from across Victoria, who represented those killed in the frontier wars.





“If this country has any conscience, it will start a healing process that starts with truth-telling,” the former Greens MP Lidia Thorpe, a Gunnai-Gunditjmara woman, told the rally.

“You fellas come out one day of the year, which is fantastic, but we feel this every day. And we need you every day … it is upon you from today to decide whether you want to come out once a year and protest or you act every single day to change what this country is about.”

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The crowd estimates ranged from 5,000, an early figure given by Victoria Police, and 80,000, cited by organisers. At its longest point, it stretched two blocks down Swanston Street, from Bourke Street to Flinders Street station.

Large protests were also held in Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart and Perth, and survival day events in Adelaide and Darwin.

The academic and activist Gary Foley told the crowd, the majority of whom were non-Indigenous, not to go away feeling “self-satisfied”.

He said that if everyone at the march read up on the history of Australia and then told 10 more people, “next year we would have half of Melbourne on our side”.

The march organiser Meriki Onus urged the crowd to stay behind strict marshal lines and not engage with a reported counter-protest run by far-right groups in Federation Square.

That protest had about 10 participants and was dispersed by police before the main march turned down Swanston Street.

Two people, a man draped in an Australian flag and a woman holding a sign that said “To defend my country was once called patriotism; now it’s called racism” remained at the Flinders Street station steps.

They were surrounded for about 20 minutes by marchers chanting “go home, fascists”, before the police had them move on on. A spokeswoman for Victoria Police said it was too early to comment on whether any charges were being laid.

Tens of thousands of people also attended a rally in Sydney, where the early crowd estimates were put at up to 50,000, while thousands more marched in Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, and Perth.

The protest numbers in all capital cities were reported to be the largest yet.

In London, activists hung a banner from Westminster Bridge, which said “Abolish Australia Day”; in Berlin a protest was planned.

https://www.theguardian.com/austral...-day-marches-across-australias-capital-cities
 
But it still a stretch, and do even the aboriginals like it
PS. I didn't say look a like, then I would have brought up new zealand

@Yeeyi

The Indigenous people have their own flags.

The Aboriginal flag

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Torres Straight Islands Flag.


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They both use the first flag as a united front and most government institutions like Parliaments, government departments and many schools have both the Australian and the Aboriginal flag flying.
 

Apollo

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All over Germany you'll find ''Stolpersteine'' to remind everyone daily how naughty Germans were in the past.

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