Jan­uary 1 key date

The Advertiser - - LETTERS -

WHY would we, as a na­tion, cel­e­brate the date of the ar­rival of the First Fleet of un­wanted con­victs, to the shores of the colony of NSW?

I’m sure that the US does not cel­e­brate the date that Eng­land sent a shipload of con­victs in their di­rec­tion. Jan­uary 26 be­longs to NSW, and NSW alone, just as De­cem­ber 28 be­longs to SA, and SA alone.

There are far more mean­ing­ful dates for us as a na­tion, to cel­e­brate.

Aus­tralia be­came an in­de­pen­dent na­tion on Jan­uary 1, 1901, when the British Par­lia­ment passed leg­is­la­tion al­low­ing the six Aus­tralian colonies to gov­ern in their own right as part of the Com­mon­wealth of Aus­tralia.

Let’s recog­nise that date as the most im­por­tant date for all of Aus­tralia. Hence I would like to nom­i­nate Jan­uary 1 as Aus­tralia Day. Give the 26th back to NSW. M. SWAN, Prospect

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