I am going to go against the grain here…. change the date - May 8 Maaa8te!
There was a lot of genocide… for those that might be interested in some of the more gruesome history there is a book called ‘Blood on the Wattle’. Unfortunately, what we were taught in schools was not the whole truth, it was a more ‘palatable’ version of events.
I don’t believe Indigenous Australia blame anyone alive today for what happened, but it would be a sour taste in the mouth that we all celebrate on a day they mourn what happen to their ancestors, I guess I liken it to how we mourn on ANZAC day, how would we feel if the Turks were throwing parties in Australia every year on that date celebrating what they believe they did to make this country great. Not nice. But that is the easiest way I can describe why I don’t like the date. I love celebrating Australia, I do love living here, but I just can’t get into the spirit of the day on Jan 26. If it was moved I would have a clear conscience and be able to really get into it again.