Change the date

Change the date

Change the date


January 26th, next week, is Australia day. It’s a national public holiday, and for many Australians, it’s a great opportunity to celebrate living in this country.

However, for many others, it’s a day of sadness and mourning. Australia’s indigenous people, along with many non-indigenous people, believe that our national day should not be held on 26 January, which marks the date that Europeans first arrived in what is now Sydney to colonise the country. To indigenous people, 26 January is a day of mourning and sadness.

Here is a short clip that gives some of these perspectives:

This week’s lesson is all about the ‘Change The Date’ debate. (Yes, it’s a VERY controversial issue here in Australia.) It’s based on an SBS article called Why Australia Day is really held on 26 January and the push to change the date.

I hope you find this lesson interesting, and that it gives you an insight into Australian culture, both past and present.



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