“We must be the only country in the world that marks its national day not by celebrating its identity, but by questioning it.” Ken Boundy
Australia Day means many things to many people. The day has symbolism that I personally struggle with. On the one hand I feel grateful for a country that took my family in when we needed a safe place to call home. In 1977 we were welcomed with open arms, sadly a luxury that very few asylum seekers are afforded today.
Why should we celebrate the 26th of January? It merely represents the anniversary of the arrival of the British to establish the first penal colony here and the dispossession and awful treatment of Australia’s first peoples. Could we not find a more respectful date to celebrate this place we all call home?
Today we need to acknowledge our 50,000 year history, and also look to the future and welcome all new Australians with open arms.