Australia Day Vs Invasion Day

January 26th is a national holiday in Australia known as “Australia day”, marking the arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships to Australia in 1788. Australia Day is usually celebrated with a day off from work, a nice lamb to cook, and a cold beer by the pool with the family. However the date of “Australia Day” is argued by many to be the wrong date although celebrations on this date are believed to go back as far as 1808, The aboriginal society argues that it’s the date they were “invaded”.

Protest by the Aboriginal community

#Australia Day to most is a great national holiday that brings families together to enjoy the beauty and multiculturalism of the nation. However, some groups, many indigenous Australians, consider this date to be “Invasion Day”, the day that the Europeans started its invasion of Indigenous land. Protests are held in many major cities around Australia. Protest turned ugly yesterday in Sydney during the national “Invasion Day March” through the inner-city when a police Officer was injured and a 20-year-old male was arrested in a brief scuffle when the 20 –year old man attempted to burn an Australian Flag. The male was charged with damage to property, malicious damage, and assault on an officer, and was granted conditional bail to appear in court early next month.

Gladys Berejiklian, the NSW Premier, condemned the violence and issued a statement on the on the violence;

"We have a democracy and everyone has a right to protest, but today is celebrating everything that brings us together, and I think most people would feel extremely disappointed at what they have seen today,”

Indigenous leader Warren Mundine make a statement on the violence during the protest stating that “"If we want to have a mature, sensible discussion and debate about a day that brings us all together as a nation then fighting ...

is not a way to do it,"

Protests were also held in Alice Springs, Brisbane, and Tasmania. Protest numbers have grown over the years and this year showed a bigger turnout nationwide than any year before. Concerns are being raised by many political leaders as to the protest numbers. The deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce, told 2GB radio that;

“Today is a day about celebration…'I'm just sick of these people who every time they want to make us feel guilty about it.

They don't like Christmas, they don't like Australia Day, they're just miserable ... and I wish they'd crawl under a rock and hide for a little bit.”

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