We've reached out to a group of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and non Indigenous Australians to find out their perspective and opinion on Australia Day, and changing the date. Please respect that this article serves as a platform for people to safely share their opinions on the topic.
Rachael Sarra, our collaborating artist for the My Family collection believes the date should be changed.
Pictured: Rachael Sarra
"Bottom line, the date of Australia Day needs to change... AGAIN!
We only started celebrating Australia Day consistently across of States on January 1994, so what's another date change? Plus with all the Survival Day protests and walks. Think about the cost of those days and the amount of Police support that is required to make those days safe. The traffic control. The amount of money it takes to keep Australia day on January 26th. That's the practical way of looking at it."
"My opinion though is not one based on practical thinking but one based on right and wrong, righting injustices, one of empathy and support. One based on the idea of truly creating unity in Australia. I don't want to completely eradicate Australia Day. Coming from a multicultural background I also want to celebrate the diversity of Australia."
"For most people Australia is all they know. But there lies the problem. We as a Nation do not know enough about our history. We don't know the hurt and trauma of our people. The extinction of clan groups, of languages, of customs. All of which started on January 26, 1788. You would hope that if people knew the true hurt that we would have more consideration for other people. Truly, A.B Original and Dan Sultan said it best. "You can call it what you want, but it just don't mean a thing." Australia has not been created by or for Australians. If we are completely honest, what we celebrate is the foundation of a power play.
Trauma, hurt, control. "
"We can do better, together. We can rebuild Australia that celebrates what makes Australia the most beautiful country to live in. But before we can do that we need to consider what we know and what we don't. This change needs to be driven by each and everyone of us. We all have a voice and we can all do better at using it for good, for solidarity and for a better, culturally inclusive future that we can all be proud of."
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