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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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  • If we are looking at facts, no killing began on this date. It started off as being peaceful for quite a while after tge first landing. Also, most aboriginal people aren’t dazed by the date, it’s just a small handful of part aboriginals cause the fuss every year. These aboriginals have also stated “change the date, we still won’t celebrate!” There will always be those unhappy with the date whether it’s changed or not

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  • They should change it to March 3, which is the official day the seperate states became unified as a “nation”.

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  • This is a discussion that needs to be had and acknowledged and acted on.

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  • I love this girls heart and thinking !


    • Activism at such a young age is so heartening.

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  • No matter what day is picked the aboriginals/indigenous people will not be happy because they don’t want to feel beholden to an ‘invasion’. How happy would they be if Japan had succeeded in their takeover – think it would be horribly different.

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  • I for one are not bothered if they change the date. Honestly I’ve never really celebrated Australia day. But I also don’t think there will ever be a suitable alternative date. I believe we need to acknowledge the pain the English brought to the indigenous Australians and move forward to making our country better together.
    I believe accepting, acknowledging and trying to understand the past is important, but so is moving forward and trying to learn from the past.

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  • interesting as the last couple of years this has been an issue.

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  • I didn’t know the significance of the 26th of January until recently I have no issue with the date being changed and I’m not sure why anyone does.

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  • I think it will be very hard to change something so already ingrained into Australian culture.

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  • I agree. It’s something where it’s very difficult to find an agreement.
    I am personally fine with leaving January 26th as Australia Day.

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  • There will always be someone offended at the date that gets chosen. It is a no win situation

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