Na­tion­als in agree­ment

The Saturday Paper - - Letters & Editorial -

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

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