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 "Australia Day Should Clebrate Diversity" - Elder
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Elder says Australia Day an opportunity to celebrate diversity

Kate Emery
Friday, 19 January 2018 4:30AM

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Noongar elder Robert Isaacs is calling on Aboriginal people to use Australia Day as an opportunity to celebrate the country’s cultural diversity and their place in it.

Dr Isaacs said he hoped Aboriginal Australians in particular would “fly your flags” and “wear your pride on your sleeve” on January 26.

But he said Australia Day celebrations should acknowledge traditional owners, Aboriginal culture and the past.

Calling for an end to the “divisive” debate over whether the date should be changed, Dr Isaacs also reiterated his call for a referendum.

The Australia Day Council ambassador will use an address at an Australia Day event in Albany to call on Aboriginal people to “forget about our differences and focus on all the good things we have done as a nation”.

In his speech, a copy of which was obtained by The West Australian, Dr Isaacs said “the hurts of the past must be acknowledged but they cannot continue to overshadow the way forward”.

“Of course Australia Day has historical value — it represents a day where the world changed for the Aboriginal people of this land,” he said.

“So why don’t we, as Aboriginal people, harness that for good and use Australia Day to demonstrate how we can all come together and move forward?

“We can participate in Australia Day by standing up and saying, we are the First Australians. Today, we are one of many who make up this great nation, let us work together to make it even greater.

“It is a time where all of us can sit back with our friends and neighbours and reflect on how far we have come together to build bridges and foster national pride and it is also an opportunity for us to think about how we can continue to work towards building a better future for all people.”

The politics of Australia Day, which marks the First Fleet’s arrival in Australia, were thrust back into the spotlight this week after Greens leader Richard Di Natale encouraged Greens local councillors to push to dump January 26 celebrations.

The City of Fremantle is the only WA council to move away from the contentious date. Mayors of other WA councils this week mostly rejected Senator Di Natale’s call to arms, saying party politics should be kept out of local government.

Polling by Research Now released yesterday suggested only about one-third of people knew January 26 was offensive to some Aboriginal people. A majority of Australians — 56 per cent — were open to celebrating Australia Day on another date.

Well said Robert Isaacs! Did Richard Di Natale consult Mr Isaacs or other Aboriginal elders before trying to persuade local councils to dump their celebrations? As for the City of Fremantle, it is regarded by many as the home of alternatives and the loony left* and their decision was made well before Di Natale's call.

As for the 56% of Australians who were open to an alternative date, I believe this simply reflects an attitude of, "She'll be right, as long as I get my day off."

* I don't make these remarks lightly, but from personal experience - but that's another story!

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Perhaps those who object to Australia day would have more credibility if they refused all the benefits available through the invaders government and made their own way in the country.
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