A young girl has pleaded with the nation’s leaders to move Australia Day because “it’s a day for the Aboriginal people to feel sad and I don’t think that’s right”.
The handwritten note said January 26 celebrated the date Britain “stole” Australia from Indigenous people and “lots and lots” of killings began.
The letter is one of many written to the Federal Government, obtained by ABC News, amid growing debate about the national day.
Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people oppose the current date, which marks the First Fleet’s arrival at Sydney Cove in 1788.
“I think that Australia Day should be celebrated on a different day because it’s the day we stole Australia from the Aboriginal people,” the letter said.
“It’s a day for the Aboriginal people to feel sad and I don’t think that’s right.
“It’s like celebrating because we killed lots and lots of Aboriginal people.”
The ABC obtained nearly 20 letters, written between 2014 and January 2018, under Freedom of Information (FOI) laws.
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