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It marks the start of 227 years of suffering and loss, massacres of hundreds of thousands of people, and of the removal of tens of thousands of children from their mothers’ arms.
This and many other reasons, is why Australia Day, our national celebration of who we are as a nation, should move from 26 January to 1 September – Wattle Day.
The first of September is the first day of Spring, marking a time of birth, fresh beginnings, and the start of barbecue weather.
It would provide us with a day to celebrate what we really love about our beautiful country including the beaches, rivers, native flora and fauna.
Instead, we officially celebrate Australia Day on 26 January.
For our First Peoples, this is hardly a day to celebrate.