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by Jeni Wilson (subscribe)
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Published January 12th 2014
Last year around Australia Day, a WeekendNotes article was written about what to do on this January public holiday.

It's created quite a stir with people posting lengthy comments about whether or not we should be deep and meaningful on this day, whether we should get drunk and if so, should we drink beer or champagne, and the credibility of Germaine Greer.



So I think my topic of discussion, about whether or not we should celebrate Australian day on this day and whether we should call it Invasion Day is likely to be controversial, and that's without even mentioning the word sorry.

I have never been a flag flying patriot or pondered too much on the value of Australia Day until I became intricately involved with the indigenous community.

I'm not sure that Invasion Day is the right title, but I understand that calling the day that started the demise of the aboriginal community 'Australia Day' and celebrating it as such is quite offensive to many indigenous people. Even my young children can understand this perspective.

Aboriginal, reconciliation, Aboriginal rights, charity, donate, Australia day, celebration
Source: Wikimedia Commons


Perhaps, rather than using this as another opportunity to create a divide between two dichotomous positions, it should be seen as an opportunity to raise and discuss issues to do with reconciliation and appreciate this rich, long enduring culture.

True this may not be as exciting as a leisurely barbecue on the Webber, but much more important for the future of all Australians and very important for a young impressionable and often disadvantaged, young and proud indigenous people.

If you are feeling philanthropic you could consider donating to an Aboriginal charity. For a long list click here.

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Source: Brisbane City Council via Wikimedia Commons


You know what? Any day is a good one to spare a thought for others whose rights and feelings have flown under the radar on the 'fair go mate' agenda and it doesn't matter which race that is.
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