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Subject: Dodson wants to change Australia Day
Aussiegunneragain    1/26/2009 8:02:42 AM
My personal reaction to this is that the rest of Australia should just say to Mick Dodson "Ok, what date do you want?". I reckon he would then get confused about how to respond and what he was going to whinge about next, then go away and sulk. Anyway, if we were going to change it what would be a good day? Perhaps we could suggest changing it to 27 May, the date of the 1967 referendum? That would really flumox old Mick.
 
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hairy man       1/26/2009 4:45:22 PM
I can understand the frustration of Mick Dodson and all the other people calling for a change of date.  It should probably be called "White Australia Day" as it is celebrating an event that was a catastrophy for indigenous Ausrtalians, but that should be celebrated by all other Australians.   Maybe we could have an Indigenous Australia Day on some other date to solve the problem.
 
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Volkodav       1/29/2009 3:05:39 AM
August 14
 
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Aussiegunneragain    Volkodav   1/29/2009 6:08:03 AM

August 14

Apart from being Peter Costello's birthday, what is special about that day?
 
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Aussiegunneragain    HM   1/29/2009 6:14:49 AM

I can understand the frustration of Mick Dodson and all the other people calling for a change of date.  It should probably be called "White Australia Day" as it is celebrating an event that was a catastrophy for indigenous Ausrtalians, but that should be celebrated by all other Australians.   Maybe we could have an Indigenous Australia Day on some other date to solve the problem.

I can understand it to an extent but my question is what real good is this constant whinging about symbolic issues doing to address the real problems facing Aborigines? I personally believe that when leaders like Dodson stop encouraging Aborigines to be bitter about what happenned in 1788 and focus on addressing the issues of 2009, then they will make a hell of a lot more progress. It's interesting that there were a few Aboriginal leaders who expressed similar sentiments and questioned the appropriateness of Dodson's nomination for Australian of the Year.
 
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Volkodav    Australian War Memorial   1/31/2009 1:45:04 AM

Encyclopedia

VP (Victory in the Pacific) Day

VP (Victory in the Pacific) Day, also referred to as VJ (Victory over Japan) Day, is celebrated on 15 August. This date commemorates Japan?s acceptance of the Allied demand for unconditional surrender 14 August 1945. For Australians, it meant that the Second World War was finally over.

The following day, 15 August, is usually referred to as VP Day. In August 1945 Australian governments gazetted a public holiday as VP Day and most newspapers reported it as such. However, the governments of Britain, the United States and New Zealand preferred VJ Day. It is not true, as some have claimed, that the day was originally called VJ and that the name was surreptitiously changed later.
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My thinking was that prior to WWII we were in reality little more than an extension of Britain, but during WWII we became, through necessity, a nation in our own right.  What better date for a national day than anniversary of the end of the war and the threat that forced us to grow up?
 
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Aussiegunneragain    Volkodav   2/1/2009 6:31:38 AM

Encyclopedia


VP (Victory in the Pacific) Day


VP (Victory in the Pacific) Day, also referred to as VJ (Victory over Japan) Day, is celebrated on 15 August. This date commemorates Japan?s acceptance of the Allied demand for unconditional surrender 14 August 1945. For Australians, it meant that the Second World War was finally over.


The following day, 15 August, is usually referred to as VP Day. In August 1945 Australian governments gazetted a public holiday as VP Day and most newspapers reported it as such. However, the governments of Britain, the United States and New Zealand preferred VJ Day. It is not true, as some have claimed, that the day was originally called VJ and that the name was surreptitiously changed later.

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My thinking was that prior to WWII we were in reality little more than an extension of Britain, but during WWII we became, through necessity, a nation in our own right.  What better date for a national day than anniversary of the end of the war and the threat that forced us to grow up?



Sounds like an option, though its a bit too cold in lots of places at that time of the year for the Australia Day barbie and the "Big Day Out" ;-).
 
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