Nationals in agreement
Dear Nakkiah, how could you not feel worn down and confused by the ongoing negating of your culture and identity that you and others have to endure? If changing the date of Australia Day is indeed a way to say to Aboriginal people, “We see you, we hear you, we value you”, what on earth is the hold-up? It is a gesture that hurts no one and could prove immeasurably healing. I wonder if more people are contemplating the date more deeply and given less to mindless partying on January 26 now. Perhaps it was the lack of sunburnt drunks dressed in flags on my particular coastline that gave me hope. I also couldn’t help but notice that on the same day your article was published, Joe Williams was over in the national newspaper’s weekend magazine saying “... we just want to celebrate a national day with you. Not one that marks a massacre.” Now, if we can start the year off with these two mastheads singing from the same hymn book, anything is possible, don’t you think?
– Kylie Mulcahy, Eugenana, Tas