Why I’m choosing to work this Australia Day

Why I’m choosing to work this Australia Day

I’ll be going to work this Australia day. Thanks to Edge’s flexible working hours policy, I’m allowed the freedom to take the public holiday on an alternative date and support a cause I believe in, Moving the date of Australia Day.

Why?

I’m not celebrating Australia day on January 26th in order to raise awareness that moving the date is the right thing to do. Moving the date will enable all Australians to celebrate together.

Many Indigenous Australians currently remember the date, January 26th 1788, marking the arrival of Europeans in Australia as an Invasion day or Survival day.

As University of Sydney, Professor Jakelin Troy put it “There are languages gone, people gone, there are cultural histories, knowledges that are gone as a result of 1788.”  Not much to celebrate.

There is not much of a unified history to celebrate on that date either, It was not until 1935 that all Australian states and territories adopted use of the term “Australia Day” to mark the date, and not until 1994 that the date was consistently marked by a public holiday on that day by all states and territories. That’s only 24 years ago.

What’s the logical solution?

Move the date and we can all celebrate together.

If you’d like to stand with Indigenous people this year, the Amnesty International Indigenous Rights Team has recently published a very worthwhile piece ‘10 ways to stand with Indigenous people this survival Day‘.

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