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Post Neon Knight on Tue 7 Nov - 23:26

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4811638/Aboriginal-elder-hits-Melbourne-councils-Australia-Day.html Edited:

Greens-dominated Yarra City Council voted to stop referring to January 26 as Australia Day, prompting widespread backlash and condemnation. Neighbouring left-leaning Darebin Council followed the suit a week later, risking being stripped of its power to host citizenship ceremonies by the federal government.

Darebin mayor Kim Le Cerf said the list of councils could grow longer and on Tuesday confirmed there had been discussions with Moreland council in Melbourne's north, Fremantle council in Perth and Hobart City Council. She said January 26 was inappropriate for a national day of celebration because it marked the anniversary of the British 'invasion' of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lands.

But Gordon Workman, a leader in the indigenous community of Blacktown in Sydney's west, slammed the controversial decision and said it would further 'create a divide'. He said the decision to change the date to be more 'culturally sensitive' would do more harm than good with indigenous Australians in the area.

Victoria's Premier Daniel Andrews said it was a shame. January 26 celebrations are 'quintessentially Australian' and done in a respectful way that acknowledges the contribution and heritage of the country's first people. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today expressed his deep disappointment at the Yarra Council decision. 'On Australia Day, we celebrate what's great about our wonderful nation. An attack on Australia Day is a repudiation of the values the day celebrates: freedom, a fair go, mateship and diversity,' he said.






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@Neon Knight wrote:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4811638/Aboriginal-elder-hits-Melbourne-councils-Australia-Day.html Edited:

Greens-dominated Yarra City Council voted to stop referring to January 26 as Australia Day, prompting widespread backlash and condemnation. Neighbouring left-leaning Darebin Council followed the suit a week later, risking being stripped of its power to host citizenship ceremonies by the federal government.

Darebin mayor Kim Le Cerf said the list of councils could grow longer and on Tuesday confirmed there had been discussions with Moreland council in Melbourne's north, Fremantle council in Perth and Hobart City Council. She said January 26 was inappropriate for a national day of celebration because it marked the anniversary of the British 'invasion' of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lands.

But Gordon Workman, a leader in the indigenous community of Blacktown in Sydney's west, slammed the controversial decision and said it would further 'create a divide'. He said the decision to change the date to be more 'culturally sensitive' would do more harm than good with indigenous Australians in the area.

Victoria's Premier Daniel Andrews said it was a shame. January 26 celebrations are 'quintessentially Australian' and done in a respectful way that acknowledges the contribution and heritage of the country's first people. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today expressed his deep disappointment at the Yarra Council decision. 'On Australia Day, we celebrate what's great about our wonderful nation. An attack on Australia Day is a repudiation of the values the day celebrates: freedom, a fair go, mateship and diversity,' he said.






I thought these problems and hostilities already past & nobody cares such things as “British invasion”. My knowledge of Australia is very limited, but I would like to live there. Btw. I think Mr. Workman has right.

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Post Neon Knight on Wed 8 Nov - 0:16

Yeah. Some people now are in the habit of judgeing history by modern values, which makes little sense. The values we have now will change again in future and what will the future people think of our ways and our politics?

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Post Neon Knight on Wed 8 Nov - 0:18

Come to think of it, what would the people of the past think of us? I imagine they would be shocked at some of our ways.

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@Neon Knight wrote:Yeah. Some people now are in the habit of judgeing history by modern values, which makes little sense. The values we have now will change again in future and what will the future people think of our ways and our politics?

IMO future people will think that we were backwarded savages. I’m so „optimistic” today.

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