It’s Australia Day and most of us will be celebrating the day in our own way, or at least pausing to reflect on what makes this such a wonderful country. I say most of us will be celebrating because there is still some ill feeling by the indigenous population that this is really the day their country was invaded ,over 200 years ago.Yes, white men did arrive in their country and much to our national shame, the treatment they metered out to the Aboriginal population was atrocious, but how long are we going to have to have to keep apologising for the misdeeds of those early settlers? Australia as a nation, formally apologised( late but nevertheless, it was genuine) to the indigenous people when the current Government was elected and although most of us have no direct connection to those European settlers, we applauded the Government’s initiative and supported the genuine gesture of reconciliation. Still though, that seems to not have satisfied a large percentage of the Indigenous Community. How many times do we need to say sorry and when is there going to be genuine reconciliation and acceptance of the apology?
We are extremely fortunate to live in this beautiful country and we are all immigrants or the product of immigrants and that I believe, is one of the reasons this country is so wonderful.There are the spectacular landscapes, beaches, flora and fauna but these fade into insignificance when compared to the harmony in which we live as a nation.We should all celebrate that (and Vegemite).Happy Australia Day!