Monday, January 26, 2009

Australia Day,

today, celebrates the landing of the First Fleet & the beginning of the colonization of Australia by European settlers to the detriment of the indigenous inhabitants, the original owners of the land, who had lived here for something like 60,000 years. That's why I'm posting the Aboriginal Flag below.

Prof Mick Dodson, this year's Australian of the Year,

said it was inappropriate for Australia Day to be observed on the anniversary of the 1788 landing of the First Fleet and called for a debate on when the national holiday should be held.

"To many indigenous Australians, in fact most indigenous Australians, it really reflects the day in which our world came crashing down," he said.

"And I'm sensitive to that, I understand that. Many of our people call it Invasion Day. But I think . . . Australia is mature enough now to have the conversation about that."


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