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    Whilst I'm aware of the history of the date, I do like to celebrate with friends how lucky we are to live in a country so free, so beautiful, so easy.

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    Default How do you really feel about Australia Day?

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    I am proudly Australian, and tomorrow I will wave my flag, have a celebratory beverage, and feel happy!!
    I will have a VB for you luv xx
    ***edit. Just checked the fridge. It will have to be XXXX. Blame the hubby ***

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    I could not give one $hit about Australia Day.
    I love you.

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    Means not much at all to me. It's my dad's birthday so growing up we celebrated that. Now if I'm not seeing dad, we just treat it like any other day off. I'm apathetic partly because of its origin and partly because I don't feel patriotic to Australia. I like living here and all, but I wasn't born here and have never really felt like a true "Aussie" despite living here since I was 2. The cheap Aussie flag t-shirts and thongs and all that sort of paraphernalia just makes me kind of roll my eyes.

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    i am working this Australia Day. to most it's a public holiday to me it's just an ordinary day.
    I do enjoy listening to hottest 100 but I will catch the replay.

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    How we've grown, what we've done, and for those who feel that it is about murder, look at all we've done to make up for our ancestors short comings to the aboriginal populace..? Especially in comparison to the rest of the world..
    Speaking of comparisons to the rest of the world - Australia rates fourth highest in the world in terms of life expectancy. However, if you consider the average life expectancy of just our indigenous Australians, then we would come in at around 120th in the world.

    Perhaps there's more to make up for yet.

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    Love Australia Day.

    Would support a change of date though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harvs View Post
    Speaking of comparisons to the rest of the world - Australia rates fourth highest in the world in terms of life expectancy. However, if you consider the average life expectancy of just our indigenous Australians, then we would come in at around 120th in the world.

    Perhaps there's more to make up for yet.
    I knew Indigenous life expectancy was pretty awful, but when you put it in those terms and stats.... wow. That's appalling We have most certainly not come close to righting the wrongs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    I knew Indigenous life expectancy was pretty awful, but when you put it in those terms and stats.... wow. That's appalling We have most certainly not come close to righting the wrongs.
    To be fair the references I found were a couple of years old but I don't feel confident that too much has changed.

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    I'd prefer to see the date changed, I feel it would go a long way to really acknowledging the real history of this country.

    In saying that tomorrow is the first public holiday I've been rostered on for and not actually working on for almost 7 years so I will be celebrating getting paid for not working by listening to the hottest 100 and spending the day at the beach with friends.

    I do take a moment to acknowledge how blessed I feel to be Australian but have no interest in buying into the tacky Australian flag merch and i do have an awareness on how our first people must feel about the day.

    I'm torn, invasion day shouldn't be celebrated but a public holiday is worthy of a celebration!


 
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