Every ‘Australia Day’ it all starts again… no, that’s not right. It doesn’t ‘start again’ because it never stopped. It never stops. Ever.
According to the Australia Day website:
“The tradition of having Australia Day as a national holiday on 26 January is a recent one. Not until 1935 did all the Australian states and territories use that name to mark that date. Not until 1994 did they begin to celebrate Australia Day consistently as a public holiday on that date.”
According to the Australia Day website, it is a day where “we come together as a nation to celebrate what’s great about Australia and being Australian.”
Personally, I don’t see how anyone could think that the 26th of January would ever ‘bring everyone together’, or how it celebrates what’s great about Australia, or being Australian… I just don’t see it.
I think it’s great that Australia is home to some of the oldest living cultures on Earth.
(Adapted from an open letter, from a parent to a teacher published in the Native Perspective July – August 1977)
Before you take charge of the classroom that contains my child, please ask yourself why you are going to teach Aboriginal children.