Na­tional day for all

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - YOUR SAY -

IT IS well beyond time to ac­knowl­edge the re­al­ity of our na­tion’s his­tory that to the First Peo­ples of Aus­tralia, Jan­uary 26 is a painful re­minder of the in­va­sion of their lands and the on­set of the fron­tier wars and mas­sacres, the dis­pos­ses­sion of their fore­fa­thers and the op­pres­sion of their fam­i­lies.

Gen­er­a­tions of Abo­rig­i­nal chil­dren have been scat­tered and lost... dis­con­nected from all that had mean­ing in their lives. The ef­fect of this past mis­treat­ment of in­dige­nous people con­tin­ues to this day and it is starkly re­flected by hold­ing the cel­e­bra­tion on Jan­uary 26.

We must now act to ac­knowl­edge the re­silience of First Peo­ples in the face of that in­va­sion, and their sur­vival as one of the old­est liv­ing cul­tures on the planet.

It is time to move on from the colo­nial at­ti­tudes of the past and to recog­nise that this date can­not unify our na­tion.

It is time to fully com­pre­hend what Jan­uary 26 means to Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­ders and to re­write the fu­ture.

I sup­port the move to a date that cel­e­brates the people of our natio.

Let’s call it Aus­tralians’ Day. — CHRIS­TINE BEN­NETT Woom­bye

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