I love Australia, and I love a day off to celebrate living in this bloody marvellous country. But celebrating it on January 26th is becoming increasingly controversial. Whether you agree with the reasons for this or not, you have to admit that commemorating the day that a bunch of Poms sailed into Sydney to off-load their unwanted is quite frankly, un-Australian.
So let's choose another day. And what could be a more Australian way of doing this than finding a period in the calendar that needs a public holiday.
The last Friday in November.
~The second half of the year is a bit light-on for public holidays.
~The weather's nice at that time of year.
~End of year exams and assessments have finished and there's not much happening at school (trust me, I work at a school. The school might tell you the students are learning right up until the last day - they are so NOT!)
~It shortens the Christmas build-up to just December.
~It commemorates nothing, so it would upset nobody.
How great would that be? A day off (long weekend, no less!) with its only purpose being to celebrate living in Australia, that absolutely every single person in our wonderful country could enjoy. Kind of an Aussie Thanksgiving.
Any way they want, even dressed as a Hills Hoist
(Interesting side note - the inventor of the Hills Hoist just happened to be my Great Uncle, Lance Hill - no wonder I wear it well! ;)