STRAYA DAY! The day to kick back and celebrate what a great bloody country this is! Only it’s not quite as simple as that.
The 26th of January marks the day in 1788 the First Fleet made anchor near present day Sydney, claiming ‘New Holland’ in the name of the British Empire. And given that the locals had called this land home for tens of thousands of years, the charged term ‘Invasion Day’ is actually a lot more accurate. (Australia’s Federation was on 1st January 1901.)
So millions of First Fleet descendents and blow-ins flock to the beaches to celebrate with tinnies and Aussie flags while tens of thousands of progressives take to social media to try and rain on their parade!
This article has some good tips for being right on this Australia Day. The argument for moving the date is a good one. But it’s OK to celebrate the best of our country. And we have difficult days ahead on several fronts – climate change, terrorism, economics... I think we *need* Australia Day. And we need it to be a celebration.