The Federal Minister for Indigenous Australians has recognized that the 26th January is a painful date for many people, but I want Australia Day to be an opportunity to reflect on the history of the nation’s reconciliation

“I know the Australia Day story involves feelings of pain for many of us – that’s fine,” he said on Monday

“We should take some time on Australia Day to reflect on the sacrifices we have made, the challenges, losses and difficulties we have overcome to stand here as Australians one and free.” / p>

A new poll shows that the majority of Australians do not want to change the date of Australia Day

Senator for Indigenous Labor Malarndirri McCarthy believes that people should focus on changing their attitudes on Australia Day rather than postponing the date

“We have so much to do in our country that we can and should do,” she told the Nine Network

“I would like to see a lot more energy to change attitudes not only towards the people of the First Nations, but also, as we did on April 26th January can work together

“Let’s talk about the past and history and acknowledge it in the morning and then do everything we can to be in this country”

Communications Minister Paul Fletcher targeted the ABC with an article listing what happened on Jan. January contained

The article was entitled “Australia Day / Invasion Day 2021 events for Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart and Darwin”

“The name of our National Day is well understood and supported, and it is clearly wrong for the ABC to suggest otherwise – that Invasion Day is in any way interchangeable with Australia Day,” Fletcher said

“While the ABC is editorially independent and I don’t control what it says, I urge the ABC to correct this inaccurate article”


The ABC has confirmed that its standard terminology continues to be Australia Day, but the broadcaster recognizes and respects that community members may use other terms, including Invasion Day and Survival Day, so its reporting and coverage will reflect this >

McCarthy said the annual Australia Day debate has reached such a rapid pace that some people find it very uncomfortable to discuss the date

“I don’t think we should see someone who is uncomfortable talking about their feelings and beliefs about this particular day,” she said

“Someone else will call it Survival Day, Invasion Day, Australia Day – can we just respect each other’s individual views?”

The 26 January marks the first rearing of the Union Jack in 1788 after the first fleet arrived in Botany Bay last week

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