Essay About Australia Day

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Welcome distinguished guests and fellow citizens. First of all I would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land we are now gathered upon, the Bindal people, and pay my respect to their elders both past and present. My name is Jake Cakalic and I am here today to present the ideas behind Australia Day and what I believe it means to be an Australian. Today, at BBQs and thong throwing competitions; in the bush and on beaches, millions of people will celebrate being Australian. Some of you may commemorate with a full day of celebrations, while others might just have a brief moment today for a minute of calm reflection and pride for being an Australian. But for all Australians, today is filled with special meaning. While Australia Day marks the anniversary of the First Fleet’s arrival, we celebrate something valuable and significant. We celebrate the nation and people we are today.

Australia has many stereotypes, most including our hard working but easy going nature and our beautiful and plentiful environment. In Australia we celebrate our workers and thank them for their hard work in multiple ways including a constantly reviewed fair work scheme and a Labour Day holiday which
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Australia is regarded as one of the most multi-cultural countries in the world so being a modern Australian means respecting our diverse cultural backgrounds, including indigenous Australians. The values of mateship, courage, selflessness, humour, hard work and persistence have all been present in all Australian stereotypes. This is because they were, and still are the most valued traits for Australians and as a result we are stereotyped as having these traits and idolise those who display these traits for everyone to witness. Australians still hold dear the values and the Australian way of life that we have always shared and are willing to protect it with our lives, as we have demonstrated many
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