CELEBRATING EQUALITY! 👊🏻 I've waited my whole life for this day. Footy is in my blood. And so is girl bloody power. These women inspire me and I can't deny getting teary when the teams were running out. SO PROUD! What a day to witness with my children. Florence Cachia - the world is yours my baby girl! Congratulations to all the @aflw women debuting and THANK YOU to all that made this happen for women's sport. #GIRLPOWER
I am an 18 year old girl who is a member of the Turrbal Tribe (the Traditional Owners of Brisbane). This is a response to Jacinta Nampijinpa Price’s statements regarding celebrations on 26 January (Australia Day).
Firstly, obviously the masses will be misled by this tirade as you have raised issues which are indeed valid. One of the flaws in your argument is that you are insinuating that domestic violence etc. only affects Indigenous communities. This is not the case. Domestic violence, alcohol and drug abuse are problems experienced universally. You seem to have missed the entire point of the #changethedate movement. Celebrating Australia Day on a day that marks the beginning of our people's genocide directly impacts us and only us. However, even many non-Indigenous people seem truly disturbed by this.
Secondly, you have made the daft assumption that people who are PRO date change somehow do not care about domestic violence, alcohol and drug abuse. Supporting #changethedate and the other issues you mentioned is not mutually exclusive; you do realise you can support multiple schemes at the same time? Shock horror! In fact, you are alluding that by NOT changing the date, we somehow can improve things like domestic violence etc. This does not make sense and I do not agree at all. If anything, the #changethedate movement is now bringing light to the plight of our people; enabling us to also bring attention to the many other issues affecting our community. Therefore, I 100% believe it would have a domino effect.
Thirdly, I can semi understand Indigenous people who are indifferent to the date, but to be PRO keeping it is truly disconcerting. There would be so many auspicious outcomes to changing it to a date that is more inclusive. Consider New Zealand for example, who celebrate their national day on the day that the treaty with their First People was signed. Keeping the date as is only perpetuates the notion that it is okay to celebrate colonisation even if it signifies the genocide of another race. If people want to keep the date as is, then let's call it what it is... British Arrival Day but please do not put a false veil on this date of being one in which ALL people can celebrate. It speaks volume that of all the days which could have selected, our government chose the day of the Europeans’ arrival. Do you not understand how symbolic this is? How am I as an Indigenous person meant to celebrate this? This is a slap in the face to my ancestors who were raped, slaughtered and tortured.
In conclusion, continuing to celebrate 26 January only reinforces the division between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. I too would LOVE to celebrate our wonderful country, but as it stands, I cannot, for 26 January marks the day that ultimately led to the genocide of my ancestors. I need to stress that this movement is NOT about blaming people who are descendants of the European settlers; nobody alive today is responsible for the atrocities that took place. Rather, changing the date of Australia Day would be a huge step forward in acknowledging the wrongdoings of the past, thus enabling us to move forward together as one nation.
So I ask you Jacinta, WHY are you so against changing the date to one which is more inclusive of all, sensitive to our First People and embracing of ALL Australians living here today?
Lord have mercy if you become the poster girl for Indigenous people.
Yours sincerely, Kulkarawa Kukoyi Member of the Turrbal Tribe - Traditional Owner of Brisbane
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Like many of you I was so pleased to see the new President of the United States, Donald Trump, show some common sense and withdraw America from the TPP and essentially kill it off.
I have been saying this for years. Trade deals like this are not in the best interests of Australians. Instead, we should look to do trade deals with countries on an individual needs basis and always with the intention of putting Australian interests first.
It seems many other political parties have jumped on the One Nation bandwagon with Labor's Bill Shorten now against the TPP. I want you to ask yourself this, why the change in attitude? Wasn't Labor a strong supporter of the TPP at the last election? This is just another example of Labor playing populist politics and changing their tune because they want to chase some votes. Unlike Labor, I have been consistent in my criticism of the TPP, and other similar trade deals, my entire career.
Our Government's past and present, have been selling us out for too long. It's time we started standing up for Australian interests. So let's hope that Malcolm Turnbull doesn't persist with this fatally flawed TPP and instead starts doing what's best for Australia.
It's been 6 years since I bought this "Happy Meal" at McDonald's. It's been sitting at our office this whole time and has not rotted, molded, or decomposed at all!!! It smells only of cardboard. We did this experiment to show our patients how unhealthy this "food" is. Especially for our growing children!! There are so many chemicals in this food! Choose real food! Apples, bananas, carrots, celery....those are real fast food.
I spoke about this yesterday on Sunrise but I think we need to talk about it again today.
I don't care who you are, you have to find this outrageous.
It's shocking that everyday Aussies are being forced to pay for extra lurks and perks for bureaucrats who are already on salaries worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
How can there be one rule for everyday Australians and then another for the unelected bureaucrats and elites in Canberra?
It's not good enough and, if you are like me, you won't stand for this much longer. These kinds of lurks and perks cannot be allowed to continue growing unchecked because they are an insult to hard working, everyday Australians.
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I can't believe this tiny little angel started school today. A small chapter over and a whole new one has begun. Didn't think I'd get teary but I may or may not have sprung a little leak. Go Hudson James !