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Hands Off Australia Day

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January 26th is just around the corner, when once again we will celebrate Australia Day and the birth of our modern nation.

Australia is a wonderful melting-pot of different nationalities. In fact, Australia is recognized as the most successful multi-ethnic nation in the world!  We are lucky to live in a nation where a ‘fair-go’ and opportunity abounds, and where younger generations have a growing sense of national pride.

Our nation is a celebration of western civilization, self-determination and endeavour.  We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the original inhabitants of this land, but also recognize those who colonized the country, built the roads, hospitals, schools and established the Federal Commonwealth of Australia under the Crown, creating our modern nation.

We celebrate Australia Day therefore, with real pride and say, HANDS OFF!  to those who denigrate our nation and who seek to divide us with accusations of hate, invasion, and genocide.

Groups such as the ‘Invasion Day’ mob will be out once again marching in the streets, demanding a date change, or the total abolition of Australia Day. They will again accuse us of racism, genocide, invasion, and human rights abuses, and ignore the very successes, freedoms and benefits they enjoy living in this nation.   Such is their hatred, Tarneen Onus Williams, a young part-aboriginal activist said on January 26th this year, “F**k Australia, hope it burns to the ground” during an Invasion Day rally in Melbourne. 

Tarneen Onus Williams Hands Off Australia Day - Rite-ON!

Tarneen Onus Williams works for the Koorie Youth Council – a government funded organization, yet calls our governments corrupt and illegal. Her group of rabble rousers, Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance (WAR) go even further saying:

 

“WAR will not rest until we burn this entire rotten settler colony called Australia, illegally and violently imposed on stolen Aboriginal land at the expense of the blood of countless thousands, to the f***ing ground, until every corrupt and illegal institution of white supremacist, patriarchal, capitalist settler colonial power forced upon us is no more,” (1)

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Injustices did occur in the past through fear and misunderstanding.  Our modern nation, however, has much to celebrate and be proud of! Successive governments have endeavoured to deliver healthcare, education and opportunity to all Australians – especially our indigenous people.  Success, however, depends on good will from both sides. To accuse Australians of genocide and racism in our modern nation is a divisive and dangerous exercise which delivers NO benefits to us or our nation.

Yet, many of the same people who accuse us of racism, genocide and hate, willingly accept taxpayer funded welfare benefits, government grants, free education and healthcare.

Many of these same activists also demand higher refugee intakes, to our apparently appalling and racist nation. What hypocrites!

So, why do we celebrate Australia Day?

On January 26, 1788, Captain Arthur Phillip guided a fleet of 11 British ships carrying convicts to the colony of New South Wales, effectively founding Australia. (2)

Then on New Year’s Day 1901, the British colonies of Australia formed a federation, marking the birth of modern Australia. A national day of unity and celebration was then mooted, but it was not until 1935 that all Australian states and territories used the term “Australia Day”, and not until 1994 that the date was consistently marked by a public holiday in all states and territories.

In contemporary Australia, the 26th January holiday is marked by the presentation of the Australian of the Year Awards on Australia Day Eve, announcement of the Australia Day Honours list and addresses from the Governor-General and the Prime Minister.

With community festivals, concerts and citizenship ceremonies, the day is celebrated in large and small communities and cities around the nation. Australia Day has become the biggest annual civic event in Australia. (3)

 

Many younger Australians have grown up celebrating Australia Day on January 26, but it wasn’t always this way. In fact, it was first celebrated on July 30, 1915 to raise funds for the World War I effort.

Some media outlets claim:  There are increasing calls for change as Australians recognize the insensitivity of the date for Aboriginal people, many of who have come to refer to it as ‘Invasion Day’.

“It is a national disgrace to have a holiday on Australia Day — a day which marked the beginning of genocide,”

organizer of the Invasion Day rally in Sydney, Dave Bell, told the crowd in Redfern last year. (4)

The day that reflects and celebrates the birth of our nation, is also used as an opportunity for division, unrest and confected outrage by political activists and extremists including members of the Greens Party, Aboriginal activists, Triple J, and a few local councils, who have dropped their Australia Day events. (5)

One must ask can any benefit be gained from such divisive behaviour?

 

Q: Would any day be acceptable to these activists?

A: NO. Their accusations of invasion and genocide would apply to every day of the year!

Q: What day would be chosen instead of January 26th, to hold the Australian of the Year Awards, announce the Australia Day Honours List and conduct Citizenship ceremonies?

A: NONE. These angry activists don’t offer solutions – only confected outrage and hatred for their nation.

“Change the date – we still won’t celebrate!’  they yell!

These people only divide us as Australians and appear to want to destroy our national identity.  We hear their howls of rage and indignation at our ancestors who colonized and developed our nation into contemporary Australia – the same nation that has educated them, provided them with opportunities and given them freedoms others can only dream about!

They claim offense on behalf of Australian Aboriginals but offer NO solutions to the social problems in these communities. Taxpayer contributions of $30 billion annually to Aboriginal communities go unnoticed, and we are blamed for not yet ‘closing the gap’!

These ungrateful and indoctrinated activists see Australia as a ‘racist nation’ for celebrating our nations success. They want to change the future, while not understanding the past or the present, and while also enjoying the fruits of many people’s labour. If Australia is a such an abhorrent nation, why demand higher refugee intakes?  If Australia is not a country they respect, we respectfully invite them to leave and live elsewhere.

Those who refuse to celebrate Australia Day shouldn’t take a national holiday. 

People who denigrate our nation, shouldn’t accept the benefits

Those who want to destroy Australia should move on and move out!

 

WHAT can you do?

  1. Share the song “We are Australian”: 
  2. Pick up a free Australian flag from your local Federal MP’’s office
  3. Fly a small Australian flag on your vehicle.
  4. Have an Australia Day Picnic and fly the flag.
  5. Share the memes: Acknowledgement of Nation. and From all the world we come

Acknowledgement of nation Rite-ON!

 

 

From the team at Rite-ON!……………………..

 

Happy New Year from Rite-ON! 

References:

  1. https://www.news.com.au/national/victoria/news/invasion-day-activist-criticised-after-controversial-remarks/news-story/870aa39f9fc5cf9a42472017a1324de5
  2. https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/australia-day
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_Day
  4. https://www.news.com.au/finance/work/everything-you-need-to-know-about-australia-day/news-story/e9030014fbdeb9351a230f1a08fbde41
  5. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-42798864

 

 

Acknowledgement of Nation

We acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who have lived here since the Dreamtime.

We acknowledge the explorers and pioneers and their descendants who planted the British flag and Christian values on this continent, creating the Australian nation.

We acknowledge the Federal Commonwealth of Australia, created by the nation, under the Crown, to guard the liberty of ALL our citizens.

And we acknowledge those ‘New Australians’, who came here for a better future, and made this nation strong and prosperous.

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