Scott Morrison is quite right to call out the Greens party for their utterly nonsensical ideas about Australia Day (Byron Council was not elected to play national politics but to attend to roads, waste, development application submissions and Shire beautification).
Firstly, moving the date doesn’t make sense. Between end of the final school term and New Year many Australians celebrate Christmas (or enjoy the holiday), and after New Year they enjoy a vacation. A national day of celebration at the end of summer makes perfect sense; if not in summer, do Australians really plan to celebrate a contrived national day in winter?
Secondly, the characterisation of January 26 as ‘Invasion Day’ is pure political agitation. Yes, Great Britain did send convicts down to a penal colony (which, subsequently went on to become the envy of the world with a quality of life second to none). Yes, Indigenous Australians suffered some hardships in this period as did many convicts and early settlers themselves. (Recall too, that the British were slaughtering the Scots in horrendous bloody battles far worse than anything the Indigenous Australians were subject to).
However, it is now 2018. There are several billion people on the planet. Australia was bound to be discovered sooner or later.
Indigenous Australians being generally mired in poverty, not technologically advanced or of military capacity, were destined to be colonised by someone.
The simple fact is Great Britain brought the best available model of civilisation to Australia, and Indigenous Australians rather than be encouraged to believe some fictitious return to 1600 is on the menu should be encouraged to appreciate the fact it was not the French, Dutch, Chinese or Indonesians who colonised their land!
Yes there have been abuses and outright discrimination through the White Australia Policy. However, changing the date will not help advance Indigenous Australians in modern Australia but serve only to assuage the guilty consciences of upper-middle-class whites with too much money and time on their hands.
Thirdly, Indigenous Australians should be fully assimilated into modern society; their children should be educated for all modern Australia has to offer; their children should imagine that top positions in law, finance, military, and medicine are all possible.
Indigenous Australians should be able to continue aspects of their culture where possible; Indigenous knowledge should be incorporated into modern society where expedient; Indigenous Australians should continue introducing their history to non-Indigenous people as they are generally being encouraged to do now.
However, first things first. Australia needs to stop playing suicide games with those who would continually try the present for the crimes real and perceived of the past. We are all here now and need to all move forward together.
The Greens policy will only serve to further divide Australians entrenching socialist identity politics into an increasingly fractured society.