Australia Day

Australia Day can be a time for hope, not resentment – This is what Stan Grant says.

The ABC published a beautifully written article by Stan Grant:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-26/stan-grant-on-australia-day/10747000?fbclid=IwAR2IQctTKi1iBWuN-SEsHfC2RzvRdAMYXg_v4x2JaalUpxnxOtTLP49Eo8I

Peter said I could copy what he wrote yesterday. Here are his thoughts on Australia Day:

Peter Hannemann <peter_hannemann@msn.com>
“Today is Australia Day. And I want all of you to have a great day if you can during this massive heatwave. Kids take drugs at concerts around the country and adults down beers as they watch their BBQ turning meat into charcoal. Australia Day has in the last few years turned into a day of controversy. For the Aborigines of this ancient continent, it is “Sorry Day”. They remember it as their “Day of Infamy”. But we also have great people in Australia who are able to verbalise what is going on. Stan Grant is such a person. He is a unique person who unites in himself all the DNA of the Indigenous people and the early settlers. His forbearers were standing across each other on that fateful day in 1788 when Captain Arthur Phillips dropped anchor in Port Jackson and let his cargo of misfits disembark. This is the day we are celebrating today with as much jingoistic noise as we can. But Stan Grant offers us another view of what is happening in Australia. His head is full of the combined memory of Kooei and European culture. Please, make the time on this Australia Day 2019 and read his contribution. ”  (The link to his article is at the top of this page!)
SO, THIS IS WHAT PETER WROTE FOR AUSTRALIA DAY. AND NOW I ALSO WANT TO MENTION THAT I DID SEE YESTERDAY A LOT OF VERY INTERESTING PROGRAMS ON ABC AND ON SBS. There was a very good program on SBS about the Cocos Islands in the Indian Ocean that are an Australian Territory since 1955. The islands’ history and present population is full of controversy. The problems that are pointed too are  thought provoking.
And this morning I found a few interesting links in connection with Australia Day. Here are some of the links:

https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/meredith-lake/10607482

Dr.Meredith Lake has this program Soul Search that I find quite interesting:

https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/soul-search/

Luke Pearson says: “I want an Australia that’s worth celebrating.” He insists that we must change the country. Please read up on it here:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jan/16/i-no-longer-support-changethedate-we-must-change-the-country

Sorry, these are a lot of links. I already glanced at a lot of these articles. It seems to me we live in very interesting times of change. There is definitely a lot of change in the air. Whether these changes are good for all of us or only for a few, who can tell?

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Australia Day

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s