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AUSTRALIA DAY SILLY POLITICAL GAMES

Posted in australia day, city of fremantle, local government, politics by freoview on December 7, 2016
signing up for the electoral roll at australia day citizenship ceremony

signing up for the electoral roll at australia day citizenship ceremony

 

It is very disappointing that Federal and State Liberal party politicians are politicising the City of Fremantle’s decision to have an Australia day event on January 28 and not on the 26th.

The claim that new citizens would be denied being sworn in on the 26th is pretty shallow, since they have only had that opportunity since 1994, the day Australia Day was introduced.

I was sworn in as an Australian citizen on December 19, 1985 and don’t feel I missed out on anything because the extreme significance of changing one’s citizenship is a whole lot bigger than the date it happens on.

Changing nationality is a huge step for anyone, and for me and my German partner it also meant we had to hand back our European passports as the Netherlands and Germany did not permit dual citizenship at that time. That’s a huge step and decision to make!

I have been going to the Fremantle citizenship ceremony for years and will attend no matter what day it is on because I know it is quite an emotional day for many who take the big step, but the importance of becoming a new citizen of this country is lost on most Australians as hardly any attend the ceremonies and mainly friends, family, colleagues and a few politicians turn up for it.

Personally I would like to see more substance at citizenship ceremonies with a prominent Fremantle migrant talking about what it means to become Australian and an Aboriginal elder explaining the significance of Walyalup and the Noongar people.

I find it disappointing that politicians who are keen on scoring cheap points before the March W.A. election believe a 22 year-old tradition is more significant than showing respect for a 50,000 year-old culture. That does not seem the right priority to me.

For Premier Colin Barnett and others to say Fremantle might ban Christmas because it would upset Muslims is absurd, ridiculous and stupid, and it shows the Premier is desperately trying to attract votes from the right wing and One Nation voters.

Christmas has been a religious celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ for hundreds of years all over the world, while Australia Day has only been celebrated for 22 years and is based on the invasion by the British of what is now New South Wales.

Those who want fireworks can still see them at the Fishing Boat Harbour on the 26th or go to Perth for the huge event there, and on January 28 we can all enjoy a great concert on the Fremantle Esplanade to celebrate our community and multiculturalism. The City of Fremantle offers us a choice!

Roel Loopers

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  1. Lionel said, on December 8, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    “If it didn’t matter that everyone celebrated it on Jan 26, as was the case before 1994, then it wouldn’t matter if Fremantle celebrated it on a different date.”

    It sounds like you agree with me – It does matter that everyone celebrated it on January 26 prior to 1994 (this is the point I have been making) and it therefore it does matter if the Mayor decides he wants try change it to a different date.

    It is relevant and significant that people have celebrated it long before 1994 because it is part of our culture – you know that thing that only non-white people are apparently allowed to embrace? Changing the date is an attempt to change the culture of all Australians of all creeds and colours.

    Clearly the left haven’t learnt any lessons from the vote in the USA – people are sick and tired of being told they are morally bankrupt by a group who refuses to even listen to any discussions or arguments that differ from their reactionary and PC view.

  2. Steve said, on December 8, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    Because that’s what the whole debate is about. If it didn’t matter that everyone celebrated it on Jan 26, as was the case before 1994, then it wouldn’t matter if Fremantle celebrated it on a different date. Not sure why this is so hard for you to grasp.

  3. Lionel said, on December 7, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    Im asking why you think that the year it became a national public holiday is relevant to the debate.

  4. freoview said, on December 7, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    I can’t really help you Lionel if you don’t get the points I have made about this issue a few times on this blog now.

    Roel

  5. Lionel said, on December 7, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Yes that is correct, it became a public holiday in 1994. What is your point?

    The fact remains it was celebrated nationwide as Australia day long before that and as Anniversary day as far back as 1888.

  6. freoview said, on December 7, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    “…..and not until 1994 that the date was consistently marked by a public holiday on that day by all states and territories.”

  7. Lionel said, on December 7, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    I didn’t edit anything out. 1994 was when it became a national public holiday. It was celebrated by Australians long before that. You guys are the revisionist historians, not me.

    “By 1935, all states of Australia were celebrating 26 January as Australia Day”

    I don’t know how much clearer that can be??

  8. Steve said, on December 7, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    1994.

    http://www.australiaday.org.au/australia-day/history/

  9. freoview said, on December 7, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Not according to internet information Lionel that clearly states that Australia Day was first celebrated in 1994.

    It was not until 1935 that all Australian states and territories had adopted use of the term “Australia Day” to mark the date, and not until 1994 that the date was consistently marked by a public holiday on that day by all states and territories.[6]

    it looks you edited the last bit of the sentence out of it.

    Roel

  10. Lionel said, on December 7, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Saying Australia Day has only been celebrated for 22 years is just not correct.

    “In 1888, all colonial capitals except Adelaide celebrated “Anniversary Day”. In 1910, South Australia adopted Australia Day, followed by Victoria in 1931. By 1935, all states of Australia were celebrating 26 January as Australia Day”

  11. Leanne said, on December 7, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Well said Roel.
    I personally am fed up with the bullying and arrogance tactics our politicians, for once they might listen to the people and communities. I applaud the progressive leadership of our Fremantle Council, this leadership is severely lacking in our populist short term politics environment and getting our communities and our country no where quickly.
    Whether you support the decision or not; and I do, being a little sick of political tokenism to our Indigenous friends, at least we have a (local) government who has the strength to listen to its community and take stand, our higher levels of government are lacking this big time.


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