These speeches were able to reflect the statement that significant and valued speeches are able to transcend its immediate context as they have become a stepping stone in Australian society by influencing a change to reflect our values, evidently seen through former Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd’s Sorry Speech (2007) in the acknowledgement of the maltreatment of Aboriginal people which brought Australia closer to
Overall, the speech persuades the audience through the use of Stan Grant’s anecdotes to realise their faults and have their conscience desire for them to do what is right in allowing the Australia Dream to become a reality, to become a country with racial
INTRO: So, what is a republic? A republic is a democratic nation in which the highest public office is held not by a monarch, who inherits the position by birth, but instead by a citizen chosen on merit. Australia is a monarchy because it was colonised by the British in 1788. With them, they brought their lifestyles, culture and system of government. This type of government has remained up to this day.
The issue of not changing Australia day can be very sensitive to indigenous people The date suggestion of moving Australia day to another date is 1st of January, 25th of April (Anzac day) or the 1st of September (wattle day). The solution that Smith proposed was January 26th is a date that’s orientated towards when we gained our independence from British rule or perhaps a date bases on when Mathew Flinders when he first used the word ‘Australia’. The intended audience of this article is everyday Australian multi-cultural Australians. Smith focuses most of his attention trying to persuade people to change 26th of January (Australia day) to change it to First Fleet Day instead. In this article the truth is January 26 should be first fleet day, not Australia day by Smith in the
As patriotic Australians we pride ourselves to be a nation that accepts and respects the beliefs of all cultures, but on this historical day majority of Australians tend to forget the true meaning behind the celebration. If you ask today’s society, what they did this Australia day mass numbers would respond with “binged on alcohol” and “indulged in a barbecue.” Consequently, this day cannot be called a national celebration when some of our fellow Australians are grieving while others are out celebrating an occasion they know little about. Giving due regard to the indigenous people and their mostly negative perspective on this issue should be a priority. A new date, not the 26th of January should be established, as rather than unite, it seems to divide Australians into different viewpoints.
As the world grew more populated, to many Australians it seemed that Great Britain was both a physically long way and also very different to Australia. The Australia of pre World War II was now very different to the Australia colonised by the British so many years earlier. In 1919, Australia had, for the very first time, been considered a fully self-governing nation and was asked independently of Great Britain to be a part of the Treaty of Versailles (Carrodus, Delany and McArthur, 2012). Prior to this, Britain was responsible for all political agreements for Australia (Museum of Australian Democracy). During the next 20 years’ Australian citizens grew to consider themselves separate from ‘Mother Country’ making Australia a nation in its own right. This line of thought lead to people questioning if it was still acceptable to give everything they had for Britain. In particular, was it sensible to join a war no matter what the cost to
We must be the architects of this new Australia, built again with egalitarianism as its foundation and equality, justice and acceptance as its cornerstones. Envision, if you will, an Australia where all Indigenous cultures, communities and people are respected, recognised and revered. An Australia where Indigenous Australians are finally equal. A truly egalitarian Australia. It is my hope that we can be united in the pursuit of this future. United by the desire for justice and equality for Indigenous Australians. United by the desire to one day proudly proclaim to all our
Australia Day is one of the most unique national day’s in the world throughout history, celebrating the day of when our ancestors first arrived on the borders of Australia, in 1788. Rather than unite people as one whole though, the spirited outcome of this event isn’t what as anticipated by everyone and has divided the Australian society for good. And so it should be held at an alternative date, where Australian citizens feel worthy of their identity and not cheated by it. However, the celebration shouldn’t be adapted to like that of other commemorations like ANZAC day. Essentially, this day will always be a tragic memory for the indigenous and be viewed as the invasion of their homeland. Also, while it’s significant to note the ‘foundation day’ of Australia, many people say that there were many other good memories made after that that are just as or if not more important. Finally, ANZAC Day is often thought of a replacement but shouldn’t
Ah Australia. The land of opportunity. The land of freedom and equality. The land of wealth and good health. The lucky country.
Australia got involved in Vietnam in an attempt to stop the spread of communism in South Vietnam and protect is position in the Asian Pacific; this is a key event in Australia’s history as it changed the course of Australia’s allegiances and almost lead to warfare on Australian soil. Though relating cause and effect by using numerous historical sources I will assess the key reasons why Australia got involved in the Vietnam War. Robert Menzies parliament address in 1965, an article from The Conversation describing the events 50 years later as well as multiple extracts from “Contested Spaces” by Thomas Cantwell and key extracts from the History textbook all illustrate the main reasons why Australia was keen to get involved in the war in South
Australians supported the decision to go to war very enthusiastically in 1914 mainly because they were very loyal to England but of course, there are other reasons which influenced their decision. Because Australia was extremely loyal to their ‘mother country’, they of course did not hesitate in following Britain’s declaration on war. Australians had very little experience before World War 1 which started on the 28th of July, 1914 and continued until the 11th of November, 1918. It was said that the cause of World War 1 was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and his wife, Sophie who was the Duchess of Hohenberg, in Sarajevo, Bosnia. World War 1 was also known as ‘The Great War’, it was supposedly the war to end all
Although most post Second World War alliances with the United states (ANZUS and SEATO defence treaties) played a significant role in Australia going to war, it is only half of the story to just write off the decision as the Australian government blindly following American policy. It is paramount to understand that for latter half of the period preceding full-scale conflict in Vietnam, it was actually Australia who pushed American into further intervention in the region.
Sir Edmund Barton was Australia’s first Prime Minister and a strong advocate of Australian Federation. He was born in gleeb, the ninth child of William Barton and Mary Louise Whydah on the 18th of January, 1849. His parents were English immigrants who arrived in Australia 1824.
In Peter Stanley’s book Invading Australia, he states that “Almost every Australian who was alive in 1942…carries memories, dreams or perhaps nightmares of what happened or what might have happened” .The attacks on Darwin created an awareness of the nation’s defence and vulnerability which was did not previously exist. Prior to this event, ‘‘most Australians considered war to be something which happened far away.’’ (Fitzgerald, 2014). Many Australians believed that more emphasis should be put on protecting our own land, rather than the war in Europe. The attacks brought the war home to many Australians, causing a larger war effort to be made in the following months and years.The partnership between America and Australia continues to define Australia’s foreign policy. Curtin’s bold message to Churchill was seen as a break from British Australia, today, Australia follows America much more closely and no longer looks to England for
Whitlam taught Australians and non-indigenous Australians they could achieve a measure of equality of opportunity in education, health care and careers. A 1972 photograph illustrates Gough Whitlam being kissed on the hand by a member of society at the opening of the federal election campaign in western Sydney (Appendix three). The appreciation shown towards Whitlam emphasises the praise he received from his decisions and implementations due to the diligence he portrayed through his work. Children’s author, Robert Darlington supports his likeable mannerism as he states, “His election speeches fired up crowds, who wanted change” (2004, p.244). Appendix three and Darlington accentuate Whitlam’s popularity through what he strived to accomplish as a prime minister. Prior to the legislation of the Immigration policy, the current white Australian policy was perceived as being anti-Asian, which had the possibility of significantly harming Australia’s trade with Asian countries. By the 1960s, the policy was gradually becoming extinct with the admittance of certain skilled immigrants and accompanying people from Asia – often those who had been trained