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Australia Day is a day set aside to commemorate the arrival of Captain Arthur Phillip and the First Fleet at Sydney Cove on the 26 January 1788 On the day of his arrival Captain Arthur Phillip declared the area that became the colony of New South Wales to be a British possession This landing started the first permanent European settlement on this island continent Australia Day January 26 is celebrated with a public holiday and celebrations in every State The choice of the 26 January as the day of celebration for all Australians has been queried and argued by many people That the day might symbolize invasion dispossession and death to many Aboriginal people was a notion unfamiliar to the average Australian until the later half of this century The Editorial in The Sunday Age of the 23 January 1999 arguing for a change of date stated that January 26 can never be a truly national day for it symbolises to many Aborigines the date they were conquered and their lands occupied Involvement of the Indigenous community on Australia Day has taken many forms - forced participation in re-enactments and mourning for Invasion Day as well as peaceful protests through the city streets Personally Australia Day does not mean a lot to me As I was not born in Australia and only received my Australian citizenship in 1995 I have never really seen the significance of the public holiday however one thing I do believe in is that the date should be changed The government must find a day on which everyone can feel included in which everyone can participate equally and can celebrate with pride our Australian identity I believe acknowledgement of the past is the first step towards reconciliation That includes recognition that since white settlement or invasion as indigenous people experienced it the Aborigines were dispossessed of their land and the life that was lived on it The consequences
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