@kionon It came out in 1986, just before Australia celebrated 200 years of colonisation (1988). '88 was a BIG affair here, and as an 11yo at the time, certainly was something that made me feel proud - oh look, we’ve existed for 200 years. The Aboriginal side of things was very much NOT even mentioned, much as was mocked in Babakiueria.
The movie won some kind of peace award with the UN. I remember being shown it in high school, a few years after the bicentennial, by which point I was learning about some of the atrocities that ‘white folk’ committed, such as literally rounding up Aboriginals and shooting them all… Not a great history - can see why that wasn’t mentioned back in 88.
@Geoff3DMN Yep, I wasn’t real keen on changing it when the movement against it started (well - I think I first became aware of the “Invasion Day” viewpoint around 20 odd years ago), but I’m well and truly there now.
I don’t like 1st Jan as the date simply because - we’ve already got that pegged for New Year’s Day (and I’m not losing a public holiday! And If we made it May 9, I think people would celebrate it a day early anyway cos, I mean - Maaaaate! (My oldest, 16yo, just saw what I was writing and say “May 8th - you can’t convince me otherwise!” )
@snarl Exactly! There’s plenty of dates to choose from, and there’s no real strong case toward Jan 26. I believe it was 1994 when it was ratified as a national pubhol, so it’s not even been my whole lifetime we’ve celebrated it at a national level. Times change, and I think it’s time we move on from this date, and pick one we can all enjoy.
I am part Aboriginal, coming from the Wemba Wemba tribe near Mildura. I have no ties to land, and only know a little of that side from some notes my aunty wrote up years ago. My great great grandmother was part of the Stolen Generation, offspring to a drover who had his white family back in a city somewhere, but then had an Aboriginal family where he was working. When he died, the two families found out about each other. But I didn’t even know I had Aboriginal ancestry til I was 15, because it was considered a big family scandal.
I was very disappointed that The Voice didn’t succeed, although Labour did a piss poor job promoting it - I didn’t understand how it was meant to work, so I doubt many other people did either…