Australia Day!

Australia Day!

    | Jan 23, 2017
Meander   Woman 44yrs
Two questions:

What does this day man to you personally, and what will you be doing?

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PatchworkGirl   Woman 42yrs

To me

It's always been a bit of an internal conflict. I wish we celebrated all that's good about our nation on a day that didn't represent so much pain and heartache for our indigenous people. But ultimately, I'm proud to be an Australian. I'm proud of the best of us. I'm proud to be living in a country where people are able to express dissent without fear of ending up in jail or worse. I love the Australian sensibility, and I love the way that people accept and embrace other cultures - even if sometimes it's just for the food.



I'll be partly working, and partly being a taxi for my daughter who is performing at an Australian Day event.
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Champagnesunsets

As an adopted Aussie.....

I love Australia Day. I love living here, its home to me now. I know that there is a lot of conflict and thats sad, but I think of it as a celebration of one of the most beautiful and liveable places in the world. We are very lucky. Ill be spending the day in Perth with my son and sister, as I have the day off. She hasnt experienced Australia Day and there is quite a lot going on in the city so I look forward to showing her around. I hope everyone else has a great day whatever you have planned xx
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davemontoya

great question summer

As a veteran it is a day that brings out a lot of emotion, pride and appreciation for how lucky we truly are in this country and I cant see enough of the Aussie flag. Always makes me think about mates who are still serving overseas and those that will never return to celebrate. I also love seeing my kids embracing the day and learning, being passionate about and understanding what this country is all about.

Regardless of some of the negative media and the tools that try to tarnish the day, the majority of Australians (i mean all Australians both born here and adopted) celebrate it in the true aussie tradition.

Unfortunately I'll be in Papua New Guinea until the 27th but I'm sure I will find some expats to have a couple of beers with and celebrate the day.

Patchworkgirl....cultural embracing for the purpose of food..that is so true!!!

- Posted from rhpmobile
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Obi1kazsnorkus   Man 50yrs

Australia Day.

To me it's a collective celebration of a way of life and a freedom that can be enjoyed by everyone under a single context, regardless of race or religion. Acknowledging the past, embracing the present, and looking forward to the future.

If I ever get out of this tree house I plan to spend it camping at the beach and getting on the plonk with a great bunch of friends at the Brunswick Heads Hotel.
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ElkeM   Woman 47yrs

For me

Really mixed emotions. I'm an immigrant... been here 19 years now. I love Australia, and I am so grateful for the opportunities that this country has given me, and I wouldn't want to live anywhere else. I want to celebrate the good that that there is in this country, but I honestly can't do it on Australia Day. For me, it isn't an inclusive date. I would far rather celebrate on another day which doesn't have the connotations that 26 Jan does for the first people.



What will I be doing? Gardening and listening to Triple J, hoping that A.B. Original take top honours.
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Meander   Woman 44yrs

So agree!




Quoting 'ElkeM'

Really mixed emotions. I'm an immigrant... been here 19 years now. I love Australia, and I am so grateful for the opportunities that this country has given me, and I wouldn't want to live anywhere else. I want to celebrate the good that that there is in this country, but I honestly can't do it on Australia Day. For me, it isn't an inclusive date. I would far rather celebrate on another day which doesn't have the connotations that 26 Jan does for the first people.





Have been here 13 years, a citizen for 11. I love Australia, but would rather celebrate it on a different day too.

What am I doing Thursday? Working, then calling my mum, who is turning 67.
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lovman8   Man 65yrs

Like many of the views expressed

sometimes I am a very proud to be Australian and sometimes being Australian makes me ashamed. I don't particularily celebrate Australia day because of these reasons and also I am often working.
Perhaps we need to become a republic , get a new flag and new national day and why not a new national song.
Oh and summer could set the ball rolling by removing those togs!
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Dunno,

Might take the kids to the fireworks, I appreciate Australia, I think it is a shame it's not inclusive but I'm not a lover of flag waving patriotism and jingoism. Boorish bogans chanting "Aussie Aussie Aussie" does nothing for me.
I know it sounds killjoy, I just think we have much more work to do, particularly with the First People. It's kinda celebrating a fait accompli but it isn't ! Hmmm better stop there I think.
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Top_Gent

Not as much as some

Being an immigrant too (moved here in my mid 20's) it's a day to celebrate my adopted country and appreciate it whilst remembering the steps that were taken to make it what it is today. It's not perfect and it's history is somewhat blighted, but it's still an amazing country and I can't think of anywhere I'd rather live.

As for what I'll be doing - sleeping in before working an evening shift :)



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PoisonIV   Woman 32yrs

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I have no plans
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sweetgem   Woman 38yrs

Australia Day

This day means a day off work for people who genuinely need a break to catch a breather 😊

What will I be doing on Australia Day?......continue to rewatch my beloved LOTR movies, Vampire Diaries series and play more games on my phone, all while keeping an eye on my parent 🙃🙃

- Posted from rhpmobile
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boobs_or_bust  

Couple Man 51yrs Woman 42yrs

Proud

To be an auzzie from overseas parents ,

For the first time in 25 years , Mr AND Mrs b have the day off ,so it's off to the club for hopefully an awesome night ,

- Posted from rhpmobile
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SoftandCurious   Woman 39yrs

Australia/Invasion Day

Like Patchwork and Elle I have mixed feelings. I think it's important as a nation to have an Australia Day. We are one of the most diverse countries in the world and should celebrate our wonderful community. But why have it on the day that is so marked with loss for our first people.

I'd happily have it moved - 1 January 1801 is the official day we became Australia but that date is already taken by New Years. Wonder if they would be happy to give us the 2nd as an additional holiday? Now that could get messy!

Me? Nothing - just hanging with the family at home.
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Koolgrey   Man 43yrs

It's this week, isn't it..?

I'll be working and the day isn't hugely relevant to me...but it does remind me that I'm proud of my country, and to me it's the best one in the world to live in...considering factors like living space, lifestyle and safety.

Very little in life comes cheaply.
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Luck_Dragon   Woman 39yrs

Like many above

I have mixed feelings about it and would prefer that the date be changed. It's not like it's some long standing tradition, Australia Day as a national public holiday only started in 1994 so I think it's well within the realms of possibility to move it. As Soft said, 1st Jan makes much more sense as a day of significance for the whole country although we'd obviously need to have the public holiday on another date.

I won't be doing anything special, just listening to the Hottest 100.


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Rick_Blaine

Australia Day...

... is also my son's birthday, so I'll always be celebrating Jan 26 even if we change the date of Australia Day itself. Which I really think we should. To celebrate our nation honestly, we need a date that that every Australian can feel good about celebrating, and Jan 26 is not that date. For indigenous Australians it will always have negative connotations, and in the same way that we refuse to forget Gallipoli to honour the fallen, we should respect their right to refuse to forget the day their ancestors began to fall. And, in fact, we should think of their ancestors as our ancestors, because a nation isn't built by the invaders alone.

I have a comedienne friend who is advocating for Australia Day to be changed to May 8.

MAAAAAAATE.

Perfect.
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Qefenta1

For many

It's not a day of celebration but mourning.If we want to celebrate all the good things about this country then lets move the date away from the anniversary of when Indigenous people lost their land and they were invaded.

So no I won't be celebrating. Q
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Misskez_2

Australia Day

We live in an amazing country but it could be even more awesome. I agree that changing the date to enable all Australians to celebrate together would be better. I'll be volunteering at the RSPCA, one of my favourite way to spend a day.

- Posted from rhpmobile
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Meander   Woman 44yrs

I absolutely love

May 8!
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Kisskiss80   Woman 37yrs

It used to be a celebration but...

Recently I've realised what I was celebrating and it doesn't sit right with me anymore.

I won't celebrate a day that was the start of something horrible and disgusting for the first people of this beautiful country.

I feel sad at what this day marks.



- Posted from rhpmobile

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