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Invasion Day or Australia Day?

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Published on Jan 26, 2010

today, 26th January 2010, we celebrate Australia Day. We used to call this day, Foundation day. It is when the First Fleet arrived on the shores of Australia from England. They came to settle Australia. The ships were carrying their crew and convicts to start a new settlement.
This was devastating to the Aboriginal population of Australia, so some people have been calling this day, Invasion day, instead of Australia day. What do you think? is it invasion day or Australia day, or a bit of both.
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The outro song was created by http://www.youtube.com/TwistedTim01

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Chris Nicholson
Im sick of this bullshit australia day /invasion day I was born here so this land is my land and everyone should be treated equal , kevin rudd said sorry for the nation that I think it should have come from the queen since it was the british empire that landed here .we should have one flag that represents both the aboriginal and European people that settled here to be united as one and have seats in parliament for aboriginal elders .I think its time we stop being under commonweath rule and have a new day to celebrate our independence. 
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HAV O'Rama
I looked in the calendar and could not find "Invasion Day". I looked in another calendar. Still only Australia Day. I talked to my aboriginal friends up north. They weren't sure what Australia is. They live on a massive reserve, and yes it has some problems, but they control this land - called arnhemland - and have done since it was protected about 80 years ago. Other aboriginal friends, in the city, they're not so happy. I reckon there's 1 thing we all agree on however and that's that if the Indonesians, or the chinese, or even the Portugese had "discovered" Australia, there would probably be no arnhemland. Happy Australia Day friends!
blahblahblah85
Good point but invasion is a bad choice of word. The mother earth owns its people, according to some. Therefore, the country is not  for the whites to claim, nor the blacks to defend as theirs?
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54footscray
If you go by 'invasion day', you are a traitor and are of no worth to this country
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darrenthorne1
Kevin said sorry, so get over it!!!!!! It didn't happen to you as you have lived off welfare all your life, be grateful for what the working people of Australia give to you as descendants of victims. Stop the complaining. If is Invasion Day stop accepting the welfare payments.  
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SvendBosanvovski
Well, we are not British now, Graham. We are Australians, and that includes indigenous and non-indigenous. Now if you want to pretend that you are not Australian, fine. Strip off the accoutrements of western civilisation, build yourself a gunya and live as though we are not here. Graham, are you a blackfella? With all due respect, you sure don't look like you have a stake in this.
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Ricko769
For the winners of society, it's called Australia Day; for the victims/losers, it's invasion day.
aboutthetruthmedia organization
Left wing bigot.
menan kannathasan
ur a bitch
Izumi Schnichi
.....Here’s an interesting side issue. It’s said that one of the pressures to settle new lands was overcrowding of prisons and prison hulks. Of course, Lieutenant Cook had discovered the fabled Great Southern Land and the race was on to settle it before the French or anyone else got there. What is not widely known or considered is that five years (from memory) before the First Fleet sailed there was a catastrophic volcanic eruption in Iceland. What followed was a virtual nuclear winter that affected much of Europe, killing thousands of people, livestock and ruining crops and water supplies. I often wonder what effect that event might have had on the thinking of British authorities.Also If the signing of treaties was the legal norm for dealing with first nation peoples, I would think that would have been impossible considering the inhabitants of Australia at the time of Cook’s arrival had no written language; unlike almost every other civilisation in human history. Perhaps that might have been why treaties were not signed? There could have been any number of verbal agreements, but without a written record, it is impossible to tell. Whatever the rights or wrongs, it cannot be ignored that the civilization brought to Australia has provided enormous material benefits that a primitive stone age culture did not have. If left completely alone, isolated from the rest of the world, given the rate of evolution over 40,000 years – compared to that of human civilisations elsewhere; which built the great pyramids, magnificent detailed accurate works of visual art, pottery & sculpture, developed written languages, & enormous libraries of knowledge & recorded history, astronomy, discovered how to forge metal tools… and so much more – it may well have taken this culture another 40,000 years to even reach the bronze age, or to develop a written language. We always hear of the negatives, but never the slightest acknowledgement or appreciation of the great benefits that have been shared.
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