Bill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8482 posts, RR: 8 Posted (8 years 4 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1140 times:
So the 26th of January is about to roll around again. What does Australia day mean to you? The government over the past few years has been pushing the notion that we should 'Celebrate what's great about Australia' making us forget what really happened on the 26th of January 1788.
Some think it was the birth of Australia. Nope wrong. Australia didn't become a nation until federation on 1 January 1901. Prior to this Australia was just a series of colonies. So if you want to celebrate the birth of Australia, when the new year ticks over, just keep partying till January 2.
What really happened on the 26th of January 1788 was the arrival of the First Fleet, and the founding of the colony of New South Wales. Some liken the day to that of the US Independence Day or the French Bastille day. In reality, it bares no similarities to either. It was also the beginning of the oppression and decimation of the Aboriginal people.
Basically, there is no point to Australia day. It doesn't celebrate the creation of Australia (as it didn't happen on the 26th of January) and the landing of the first fleet is lucky to rate a mention in this day and age. You could liken it to Christmas, basically a Hallmark holiday, except it's Carlton and United raking in the profit instead of Hallmark.
So here is to a safe and happy Australia day, whatever you think of it and whatever it means to you. Above all I am, and you all should be, proud to be Australian.
Well to me it makes me proud to live in Australia and practically be Australian. Although i will never give up my NZ citizenship to become a 'true' Australian. And i also cant because of the law change in 2001 which means im not able but doesnt worry me.
Australia is really a land of opportunity. Never even thought i would ever live where im living and my parents earning tripple what they were earning in NZ.
Australia is becoming like the USA very patriotic which is great especially the teen and early 20's are really into Australia and very proud of their country and get pissed off when people who choose to live here put it down or whinge. I say if they dont like it here get lost!
Happy Australia Day to all. For me im having a BBQ whats everyone else doing?
The Commonwealth of Australia was created on the 1st of January 1901, now January 1 is New Years Day, many Aussies are sleeping for most of this day or feeling like crap after a night of partying. Australia Day on this day would have almost no effect on Australian or would make us all forget about New Years.
Although there might have been a better day to make it Australia day, it's too late now.
Quoting Pilotdude09 (Reply 1): Although i will never give up my NZ citizenship to become a 'true' Australian.
Aussie18 From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 1775 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1091 times:
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Normal Australia day BBQ on a good sunny day,play some good backyard cricket and drink some beer before going to watch Sydney FC v Newcastle Jets in A League finals series.
Also watch abit of Australia V England in ODI and hopefully see the Poms cop another flogging.
EGTESkyGod From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1712 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 months 21 hours ago) and read 1071 times:
I'm in Sydney right now and there are lots of helicopters, lots of aircraft and lots of boats going around. They have been taking pictures for Google Earth so we have been out on the roof waving like idiots!!
I think I caught a glimpse of an F111 flying around, there was certainly a fighter of sorts, can anyone confirm? I heard something about it doing a dump and burn over the city....... that would be a sight!