Words by Elizabeth Cuomo
“Dear govermint” The letter begins.
If that doesn’t pull at your heart strings, just wait.
“I think Australia Day should be celebrated on a different day because it’s the day we stole Australia from the Aboriginal people” Writes a young girl in a handwritten letter to the government.
“It’s a day for the Aboriginal people to feel sad and I don’t think that’s right.”
“It’s like celebrating because we killed lots and lots of Aboriginal people.”
Amen sister, amen. It is a little bit like that, isn’t it?
The letter was obtained by ABC news, along with more than 20 additional letters submitted by others that reflect the same sentiment toward the controversial holiday. The letters collected were sent to Senator Nigel Scullion from 2014 to January 2018.
Interestingly enough, last January, Senator Scullion claimed that he had never received any requests to change the date of Australia day by a single Aboriginal.
“This is not something that comes up at all.” said Senator Scullion in response to criticisms by Professor Chris Sarra. “I can tell you there would be no-one, as a fact.”
Queue eye roll.
If you’re looking to celebrate something a little bit cooler that Australia Day, check out the shindig we’re throwing on Friday, Not an Australia Day Party. See you there?
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