Sunday, 25 January 2015

Wishing you all a Happy Australia Day

Australia Day might be the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet at Port Jackson and the raising of the British Flag by Captain Arthur Phillip, but it is more than that. It is Australia's celebration of our success as a free nation. It is a celebration of our values of a fair go for all, tolerance, understanding and our insistence upon freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of association and freedom of political communication amongst others. It celebrates our unity and growth as a nation whilst at the same time it recognises our failures particularly our treatment of the "Traditional Owners" of Australia from 1788 to the present day. Enjoy the day and I wish you a Happy Australia Day.

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