January 1 key date
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