Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

AS we ap­proach the Aus­tralia Day hol­i­day, many of us are think­ing how to best cel­e­brate the oc­ca­sion. For some it is a day with fam­ily, while for oth­ers it is a day of re­flec­tion. For Aus­tralia Day Coun­cil for WA Am­bas­sador and for­mer Afghan refugee Akram Az­imi, much of the day re­lates to choice, some­thing not af­forded to him in his home­land. The 2013 Young Aus­tralian of the Year ar­rived in Aus­tralia 16 years ago and went from an os­tracised child to school head boy. He re­cently com­pleted a triple ma­jor in law, sci­ence and arts at UWA and now helps young peo­ple in re­mote and ru­ral WA – choices he made to give back to his adopted coun­try. How we cel­e­brate our na­tion’s spe­cial day is up to us - re­gard­less of age, race or re­li­gion. So whether the day is spent re­flect­ing, splash­ing around at a pool party, eat­ing lamb at a bar­be­cue, play­ing back­yard cricket or watch­ing the spec­tac­u­lar fire­works dis­play – it’s a choice left all up to you. Happy Aus­tralia Day!

Belinda Cipriano - CNG Ed­i­tor

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