‘Change The Date’, ‘Abolish The Date’ and ‘Rename and Reframe The Date’ are conversations we’re hearing in Community in response to the Jan 26 ‘Australia Day’ public holiday.
So, what's it all about and where are you at?
Those who support ‘Change The Date’ argue that Jan 26 is an inappropriate day to hold national celebrations.
It recognises that the history of Jan 26 is painful for First Nations’ people, and marks the beginning of genocide and invasion.
Change the Date advocates that 'Australia Day' should be for ‘all Australians’ and if we Change The Date, we can create an inclusive national holiday for all people in this country.
“It’s simple. Let’s keep Australia Day and move the date to one that unites us.” - Amnesty Australia
Those who support ‘Abolish Australia Day’ advocate that changing the date only seeks to entrench Australian nationalism and that changing the date without the achievement of social justice and treaty only moves the celebration of unfinished business to another date.
First Nations people still face high rates of child removal, incarceration, deaths in custody, economic exclusion, alongside lower life expectancy, health and education outcomes.
Support for ‘Rename and Reframe The Date’ has evolved from the lack of political appetite and ignorance of the increasing public outcry to change the date of Australia Day or abolish Australia Day.
In the absence of Government action, supporters believe renaming 'Australia Day' by referring to it as ‘Invasion Day’, ‘Survival Day’ or ‘A Day of Mourning’ centres First Nations people, acknowledging the ongoing pain and trauma of colonisation.
Already, we are seeing a public shift with sporting codes, businesses and local councils no longer recognising Jan 26 as Australia Day, nor a date to celebrate. #NotADateToCelebrate.
Changing the name of Australia Day allows us to reframe what Jan 26 represents to First Nations people and reclaim and decolonise the way we spend this national public holiday, whilst educating wider Australia about this Country’s true violent past and standing in solidarity with First Nations people.
Clothing The Gaps Instagram Polls (Jan 12, 2022)
We asked the question: Where do your views align?
Change The Date, Abolish Australia Day, Rename and Reframe The Date or none of the above.
Over 500 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people voted in the IG poll.
We asked the question: What do you call Australia Day?
Jan 26, Invasion Day, Survival Day or a Day of Mourning.
We created two polls for our Mob and non-Indigenous audience. There were approx. 600 votes in out Mob poll and around 2000 votes in our ally friendly poll.
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