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Change the date of Australia Day – Change to what?

January 26, 2018

26 January 2018

Every year the howls become worse. It’s time to “change the date” of Australia Day. One problem: no one ever offers an alternative date. There’s certainly no alternative pushed as part of any campaign, so no wonder the “idea” is treated with great suspicion. Without an alternative the campaign is really “problem with the date”, and merely the latest attack on the status quo by inner city socialist elites, obsolete celebrities trying to make themselves relevant again, and token (predominantly white) urban aborigines. Almost none of these people have have anything to do with real aborigines, whose attitude to Australia Day as a legitimate grievance would be “that’s some white fulla’s day off work, it’s nothing to do with us”.

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Why no alternative? Because a larger agenda is at play here. Changing the date would not change their key grievance – that of a country built predominantly by white, European, Christian, straight man, and to find a suitable alternative date that didn’t involve this nasty beast is almost impossible. As with any socialist tendency, they hate the status quo, and power is obtained by railing against it and the destruction of it. Hence their passion for “diversity”, and constantly on the prowl for victims. If there’s not enough victims, they’ll even create them, and all the while they live in their predominantly white inner city enclaves and mingle with their predominantly white, elitist friends. In truth, under the socialist utopia, there’d be no diversity, everyone would be a victim of the regime, and as for aborigines, they’d be given a tin shed, food rations, and told to shut up. Understanding this backdrop is key to understanding the attack on Australia Day. With it being on 26 January, they have an easy attack too.

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Make no mistake, Australia Day has its problems. None of them as severe as the elitists claim. While many aborigines can justifiably claim it as “Invasion Day”, the notion of genocide, and even “ongoing genocide”, is absurd. No armies were brought and, in fact, attempts to build relationships with the local aborigines were more important than slaughtering them. As the colony expanded over the years, that’s when tensions rose and many aborigines were killed, often in organised massacres, while countless others succumbed to European diseases. Sadly that’s human history all over the world, and let’s not forget, if the British didn’t arrive then, someone else would eventually. A later landing by any foreign power would far more likely been in the name of conquest than settlement, and any indigenous rights like native title would have vanished – if there were any indigenous people left.

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The real problem with Australia Day is that it’s a nondescript day and has almost nothing to do with the formation of Australia as a nation. 26 January 1788 was the day the First Fleet arrived at Sydney Cove to establish a British Colony under the governorship of Arthur Philip. It wasn’t even the first time the British arrived – with Captain James Cook discovering the east coast of Australia in 1770. From there, as essentially a Foundation Day for the state of New South Wales, it was mostly celebrated in Sydney, and would become widely known throughout the country as Anniversary Day. In the decades following Federation in 1901, it began being recognised as Australia Day, although, not always celebrated on the day. For a significant part of its history, Australia Day was celebrated on the Monday after 26 January, to ensure a long weekend. The Bicentennial in 1988 was the turning point, with the government of the time keen to make a big deal of the occasion. In 1994, 26 January was officially declared as the nation’s official day, and celebrated on that day, and Australia Day has grown in popularity since.

If Australia Day marked a major event in history, something integral to the formation of the country, then there’d be no debate. In fact, many countries don’t have an eponymous national day. USA has Independence Day, Britain has St George’s Day or Queen’s Birthday, and France has Bastille Day. Canada would be our closest analogy, with Canada Day of 1 July celebrating the enactment of the Canadian constitution, and it formally being called Canada Day in 1982. Before that it was Dominion Day.

Australia Day Change The Date - Change to what?

Changing the date of Australia Day is only the start. Image: indigenousx.com.au

Recent polling shows Australians don’t have a “problem with the date”, with support for a change barely passing 10%. They don’t have a problem with British colonisation either. In fact, it was fundamental to the accommodating, multi-cultural and successful nation we are today. Changing the day won’t change history, so whenever Australia Day is held, it would be impossible to celebrate Australia without acknowledging British settlement. So it really is a fringe issue of the loony socialist elite more intent on destroying national institutions than genuinely care about the issue. They hate Australia Day as a concept, and even Australia, period. Using the Aboriginal Rights movement as their pawn, once Australia Day is eradicated, next step is change the flag, and then begin the talks about treaty, even sovereignty. Not that they really want this – socialist elites are globalists and ideally want no countries or individual sovereignty. It’s all to upset the status quo and portray the entire country as racist.

Let’s presume Australia Day should be changed, to which date should it become?

1 January – Federation Day (1901)

This was the day the six British colonies (now states) agreed to federate into one nation. This would be the perfect day if it didn’t fall on 1 January. That being New Year’s Day and during the busy Christmas holiday period, it might get lost, as too would the notion of losing a separate public holiday at another time of the year. Also, Federation could be seen as “white construct” from those nasty British colonists, and still attacked by the same nutters attacking 26 January. If Federation Day became the day, New Year’s Day Holiday would move to 2 January. You’d find the nation would quickly adjust, and with it the start of the new year, the day would actually gain extra significance and celebration. Shouldn’t the importance of the day override its potential for the best festivities anyhow?

Last Monday of January

This borrows several things important to the nation’s history as part of a broad celebration: Federation being in January, the First Fleet arriving in January, the late January tradition of the existing day, and the tradition when Australia Day was deferred to a Monday for a long weekend. As a long weekend, the festive occasion would be enhanced too. 26 January would revert to its original meaning of either Anniversary Day or Foundation Day, while 1 January stays Federation Day and would be the country’s official birthday.

3 March – Australia Acts Commenced (1986)

Most people are unaware that Australia is a 100% independent nation, formally severing all ties with Britain in 1986. Sadly, this notable event in our history gained minor media attention, and it would be doubtful 1 in 1000 Australians would have a clue about the Australia Acts. Still, with an education campaign and inaugurating the day with a big celebration, that would quickly change. It seems a perfect fit for the anti-British socialist elites too.

9 May – First Day of Parliament (1901)

This is essentially a deferred Federation Day – when the new nation of the Commonwealth of Australia first sat in parliament – and generally suggested because of the 1 January clash of Federation Day with New Year’s Day. That’s hardly a great endorsement of the day, and does the nation really want to celebrate a day about politicians?

27 May – Recognition of Aborigines and Torres Straight Islanders as Citizens (1967)

Conducted by referendum, it passed with 91% support. While it is an important day, most people would be clueless about it, it has nothing to do with the formation of the country, and ideally should be a day that stands on its own, as a Recognition Day. Then you don’t need to mess around with the mostly useless proposition of constitutional recognition. The archaic Queen’s Birthday Holiday in early June could be dropped for it.

1 September – Wattle Day (1992)

Australia’s official flower is the golden wattle and Australia’s official, popular and enduring national colours of green and gold come from that. Most importantly, they are indigenous to the country, and became popular of their own momentum, before being officially declared in 1984. In the words of Terry Fewtrell, president of the Wattle Day association: “The Golden Wattle has been witness to the whole Australian story. It has been in our land for more than 30 million years and welcomed us all – Aboriginal, colonials, post-war and 21st century migrants. It has no historical baggage. It is our national colours – the green and gold.” 1 September is the suggested day because that’s the first day of spring and therefore when the golden wattle is in full bloom. Such a day would also raise the profile of the national colours, as many Australians see them as “sporting colours”.

3 September – Flag Day (1901)

The day was officially declared on 28 August 1996 and has never been celebrated. Again, most Australians wouldn’t know we have a Flag Day, much less know its day. With the British Flag on the national flag, the day would present the same problems as 26 January… unless the flag changed… then you’d use a new day anyway.

Monday before the First Tuesday in November – Melbourne Cup Eve (1861)

Originally run in 1861 and first run on a Tuesday in 1875, it’s the race that stops a nation. The Melbourne Cup is easily Australia’s most popular and endurable cultural and sporting event and a national day before it would be the perfect lead-up. With Melbourne Cup Day also a public holiday in Melbourne, it would make an extra long weekend for them and reduce that other great Australian tradition of “taking a sickie”.

The Day Australia becomes a Republic

You can almost guarantee that this day would become a holiday. The question is whether Australia would ever become a republic. To most Australians, it’s a trivial issue, would not affect our lives in any way, and for all intents and purposes, Australia is already a 100% independent country (see the Australia Acts). The British monarch is only a symbolic head of state. The real one is the Governor General.

Choose The Date

Ideally, 1 January Federation Day should be the day. Recognising its problems, especially the desire to have your national day stand alone from other holidays, I would make Australia Day the last Monday in January. It would be a new date for one, would have no real baggage, can encompass several events important in the nation’s history, while preserving the tradition of a late January holiday. All the other options would need some selling before they were accepted, with the Australia Acts the next best candidate, followed by Wattle Day.

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2 Comments
  1. Nice post. I’d go with Wattle Day. I’d also purge Melbourne Cup Day, I find it repellent on many levels!

    • It’s actually the Monday before the Melbourne Cup and that day would be called Australia Day, as any of the options suggested would be. The idea was to find a new day based on something historical and uniting. Yes, I agree, it’s highly unlikely.

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