As I am writing this it is Australia Day here. It is a post I always struggle with each year because I’m not sure it is right.
Many people think, me included, the date should be changed because for the indigenous population this date in 1788 meant the end of life as they knew it. Invasion Day they call it, and that is really what the British did, they invaded and took possession. Cultural Genocide.
I grew up believing that Australia was an inferior country and we shouldn’t be proud, but secretly I think many of us were. Then it became okay to be proud. Now I’m not so sure. I don’t think I can say I am proud to be Australian anymore.
I do love this country, but I really don’t like the politics. I don’t like how our government seems to have so little regard for anything that the people want, like climate change. When they know there is overwhelming support for things, like same-sex marriage they appear to want to let us have a say, but then do what they can to make it hard to get it through. Though we all know here that the pollies never thought that the people of Australia would vote so overwhelmingly for same-sex marriage. It was a moment to be proud of.
I think the thing that disgusts me the most is the refugees our politicians have had locked up for years and years. Victimising refugees is the worst. They do it for votes, the bogan voters. It is a racist policy and shows how racist we are as a nation.
I remember reading an article from someone talking about the beginning of last year and all the hopes they had for the year ahead. Then he said that he has none for this year and perhaps the only good thing about the year ahead is that it is an election year.
I could go on and on about how many things I hate that are happening here, but maybe I should just shut up and leave you with some photos.
The photos are from all sorts of places that I have been to in Australia. It is a beautiful country and has striking contrasts from one place to another. So I shall leave it there, however, I won’t say Happy Australian Day, but perhaps we can use this day to reflect on where we have come from and where we are going. I want to be a proud Australian again.