Oral Presentation
By Aakaash Parmar

Native Australians associate January 26th with the invasion of their country and they deserve to mourn on the day their ancestors were invaded.
It is a painful reminder of the harmful past that the aboriginals had to endure, the commencement of massacres, oppression, and land grabbing from the aboriginals.
On this day, people celebrate what is great about Australia. That means celebrating the history of Australia on a day that marks the commencement of suffering to the natives.
They should not be asked to forget and move on. The day should be remembered for atrocities that were committed, and not celebrated by the generations of people who perpetrated the crimes that their counterparts mourn.
Thus, to them, it is not a celebration to respect the diversity of Australians, but a day that suffering began for one particular group

The day relates to the destruction of the native population way of life and culture.
Celebrating Australia day on January 26 condones the start of racism and the end of freedoms to the indigenous population.
Tribes and their traditions/cultures were destroyed.
A great country may have been produced however it was over the destruction of the traditions of the aboriginals.

The Australian day celebrated on January 26th glorifies the triumph of imperialism, while at the same time ignoring the guilt presented by the day.
On that day, indigenous people were displaced and disempowered.
The day must be changed to have inclusivity.