I feel like every year I feel less engaged and interested in Australia Day.
Don't get me wrong - I'm proud and feel fortunate to be an Australian, but what are we really celebrating? After all, it signifies the day where numerous native aboriginal people were slaughtered by white people on boats so they could invade and inhabit this land.
It feels like a massive celebration of white bogan culture. A celebration of binge drinking and wearing cheap flag emblazoned merchandise. I don't feel like it brings out the best behaviour in a lot of people.
Maybe I'm just getting old. How do you feel about it?
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25-01-2016 07:43 #1
How do you really feel about Australia Day?
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25-01-2016 08:06 #2
I'm the same. As far as I'm concerned its invasion day and it has turned really bogan.
I'm very proud to be an Australian too but I'm not at all proud of our history which is why I don't celebrate Australia Day anymore.
25-01-2016 08:14 #3
I feel like it's getting harder and harder to separate what Australia Day seems to signify in our culture from the reclaim Australia bogan idiocy.
it's like to be proudly Australian these days sort of blurs into the red neck culture of bashing other cultures, f.ck off we're full type stuff.
I wouldn't say I'm "proudly Aussie". not when I'm in Australia anyway. I feel a bit more nationalistic when I'm overseas but here, I kind of cringe when I see what's our culture has become.
I'm sure many will disagree with me and I'm not out to upset anyone or cause offence.
i'm putting it down to being a bit older and more jaded too. I just don't really care about Australia Day. to me, it's largely lost any kind of meaning.
25-01-2016 08:16 #4
Yep I tend to agree - A lot of Australians don't know – or don't want to know – about the extent of the violence that accompanied European colonial settlement and I think until we become a republic and can start a fresh , new multicultural Australia Day with our own flag then I'll celebrate a day being proud of being Australian because honestly I do love this country but am not really too proud of its government and some of its people at the moment
25-01-2016 08:17 #5
I may be crucified for this but here we go:
I think the 26th of January should be a Remembrance Day for the indigenous people. I don't think it's right to celebrate our ancestors coming here and taking the land (I know that's not what people are actually celebrating but the fact is, that's what happened). Leave that date to remember the indigenous like we do the ANZACs
It really wouldn't be that hard to move Australia Day to a different date. There is nothing wrong with people celebrating the country they live in and their lifestyle, but it's insensitive to do it on that date.
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25-01-2016 08:18 #6
I agree with everything here already.
I'm trying to remember how I felt about it before I was a cranky old biddy, but I think I've always felt it a little distasteful at best.
I recognise how fortunate I am to live in a free country, where I am safe and have access to education, shelter, food and water and healthcare (although I recognise there are people that don't, even in Australia), but no, I can't say I'm proud of this country right now.
25-01-2016 08:22 #7
Exactly the same. I feel privileged to live in a country where I can be educated, relatively safe and so are my children. It's a beautiful country and I'm proud to be Australian.
But I feel like Australia Day is an embarrassment. Both in what it signifies, that we invaded and stole the land, murdered the First People. And how it has become this bogan trailer trash excuse for racism, drunkenness and blind patriotism. I'm not saying the family that holds an Aust Day BBQ are the above, not at all. But I think we all know the sorts I'm talking about.
25-01-2016 08:23 #8
I agree with everything said so far.
I think that maybe we should instead celebrate Australia Day on the day that all the colonies came together and we actually became one nation of Australia at federation.
25-01-2016 08:31 #9
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