Our community is increasingly
debating the merits of celebrating “Australia Day” on January 26th.
There is a growing recognition that the particular date represents a
significant negative for Indigenous Australians.
Perhaps we should consider
replacing “Australia Day” with the celebration of two important issues:
Heritage Day (January
26), where we recognise and celebrate the wonderful range of cultures that now
make up our Nations Peoples, including the many Peoples and cultures of our First
Federation Day (May 9th - Opening of
first Commonwealth Parliament) where we recognise the importance and privilege
of living in a participative democracy.