Argue cases with dignity
ALL Australians deserve to be treated with respect.
One of the toughest platforms for a council must surely be to conduct a fair assessment of the concerns for all groups under their jurisdiction.
There is no doubt our council should have discussions with the indigenous community to allow their concerns to be expressed relative to the issue of how Australia Day should be celebrated.
This is a classic case of the Australian mantra of giving everyone a “fair go”, something which is not available in many countries of the world.
Councillor Swan seems to believe “we” pay lip service to the “traditional owners of the land” and past those words we “aren’t interested in hearing their opinion”.
This is nonsense because “we”, in many ways, either through money, accommodation or education, have gone past trite words and have acted to engage the Indigenous community.
When I use “we” I refer to the working people of Australia via, indirectly, taxes and time from those who have worked on indigenous projects.
Councillor Thomson expressed “disappointment” that the motion to “support the retention of Australia Day” as it is should be going to a vote at all.
Sorry, Councillor Thomson, but Councillors Mason and Williams have every right to ask for a vote on issues of concern.
Although I am not an expert on constitutional law I believe other councillors across Australia can do the same.
To suggest the Shire of Strathbogie should not follow motions, to support January 26, as per other “dysfunctional councils” tars the opinions of elected councillors as “impaired and/or abnormal”.
Unless Councillor Thomson has been on the respective “dysfunctional councils” how would he know this?
To then regurgitate the abhorrent terms, to most fair minded Australian citizens, of “fascist” and “white supremacist”, to make his point of view has me concerned that I have someone with these views representing me on council.
Yes, councillors, by all means present your point of view – this is your right – and vote accordingly but please can we argue our cases with dignity.
Euroa does not need to be told other councils have “fascists” and “white supremists” in their midst.
We need to be told that fair is fair, meetings will be held and let us progress towards respectful debate.
The consequences were horrendous and continue to this day.
Are the Stolen Generation really meant to be grateful for being taken from their traditional lands, families and culture?
Some of the worst abuses, physical, emotional and sexual, occurred in Christian Missions and in the homes of apparently God fearing people.
Since when is Australia Day our “national Christian day”, as claimed by Ms Moore?
The tradition of Australia Day as a national holiday on January 26 is very recent and has nothing to do with religion.
Not until 1935 did all the Australian states and territories use that name to mark that date.
Not until 1944 did they begin to celebrate Australia Day consistently as a public holiday on that date (National Australia Day Council).
I would have thought that the purpose of a national day is to unite rather than divide a nation.
I have long been unable to celebrate a day that symbolises the dispossession and oppression of our First Peoples and, as such, is offensive to many.
There are very many other dates that would not have this effect and I fail to see how changing the date is a problem to anyone. As long as we get a day off, right? I advise Ms Moore to come down from her church tower into the real world.
I recommend that she watches “Rabbit Proof Fence” and reads Kate Grenville’s “The Secret River” for a more accurate view of Australian history.
And no, Ms Moore, the First Peoples of this country were not Adam and Eve.
Bronwyn Starkey, Euroa