Today is Australia Day, to celebrate the birth of my Nation, of this Great Southern Land; the Island Oz!

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    Jan 25, 2010 9:24 PM GMT
    Today is is Australia day down here in Oz, a public holiday, and for many a four day long weekend.........To me the celebration for for the descents of convicts, and the pioneers, who families helped to build this great southern Land from nothing.

    My family come as large land owning pioneering aristocrats. Where we did not move to one of the newly forming cities, we went bush, where life was truly hard, and harsh. People who had left civilised Switzerland, to this uncultured undeveloped, New Great Southern Land, before any infrastructure was really in place before Australia had it first sitting of Parliament in Melbourne.

    This is what makes me a True Blue Aussie, and not just an Australian. Both my parents were born here, as all my grand parents, and great grand parents and my great, great great grand parents+.

    Sadly this day is also being hijacked by new Australians, and Australians who don't have my link to Oz, nor a bond to our pasts, and they are hijacking this day to push for things like a new flag. My family may not of come from England and not been prisoner of Mother England; POME. Yet the flag still represents out past our birth, and my heratig to Oz. The show now respect for my heratig to Oz, yet I am meant to show them respect as new Australian's, or just Australian's.
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    Jan 25, 2010 9:37 PM GMT
    Pattison, I want to wish the people of Australia a very safe and happy Australia Day. As for a new national flag, it is probably a very good idea providing that native born Australian nationals support the idea. Australia is a first world, modern, independent nation and it needs a national flag to represent that true fact. Please take no offense, but your current national flag looks too colonialist and represents Australia as still a colony of the United Kingdom which Australia is obviously no longer. Canada changed its national flag in 1967 as a way to represent that it is a modern, independent nation and no longer a British colony and also to help soothe very tense relations with the French speaking Quebecois. Like Canada, Australia needs a national flag that is truly Australian and represents things and ideals Australian which means permanently ridding your flag of the British union jack and replacing it with a native Australian theme or symbol. Just some food for thought.
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    roadbikeRob saidPattison, I want to wish the people of Australia a very safe and happy Australia Day. As for a new national flag, it is probably a very good idea providing that native born Australian nationals support the idea. Australia is a first world, modern, independent nation and it needs a national flag to represent that true fact. Please take no offense, but your current national flag looks too colonialist and represents Australia as still a colony of the United Kingdom which Australia is obviously no longer. Canada changed its national flag in 1967 as a way to represent that it is a modern, independent nation and no longer a British colony and also to help soothe very tense relations with the French speaking Quebecois. Like Canada, Australia needs a national flag that is truly Australian and represents things and ideals Australian which means permanently ridding your flag of the British union jack and replacing it with a native Australian theme or symbol. Just some food for thought.


    I hear what you say, and behold no grudge for what you had to say! But to me our flag represents our past, and our future too. We are still a member of the Commonwealth, yet an independent country. I've had family members fight and die under that flag, and for it too. As True Blue Aussie, 6 generations born to Oz. Albeit my Forefather come from Switzerland. This flag represents my heratig to Oz. Why should my heratig be lost to multiculturalism? Don't get me wrong, one of the things I love most about my city is that it's one of the most multicultural in Oz, and the diversity in the way we eat out shows that too. But we are many, but not one.
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    Jan 26, 2010 1:23 AM GMT
    HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY!!!!!




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    Jan 26, 2010 2:03 AM GMT
    CONGRATULATIONS! and HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY!....please stand for the playing of the National Anthem of Australia...

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    Jan 26, 2010 2:18 AM GMT
    Australia has a National Anthem??!!

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    Jan 26, 2010 3:18 AM GMT
    Happy Australia Day...............icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 26, 2010 3:33 AM GMT
    Pattison saidToday is is Australia day down here in Oz, a public holiday, and for many a four day long weekend.........To me the celebration for for the descents of convicts, and the pioneers, who families helped to build this great southern Land from nothing.

    My family come as large land owning pioneering aristocrats. Where we did not move to one of the newly forming cities, we went bush, where life was truly hard, and harsh. People who had left civilised Switzerland, to this uncultured undeveloped, New Great Southern Land, before any infrastructure was really in place before Australia had it first sitting of Parliament in Melbourne.

    This is what makes me a True Blue Aussie, and not just an Australian. Both my parents were born here, as all my grand parents, and great grand parents and my great, great great grand parents+.

    Sadly this day is also being hijacked by new Australians, and Australians who don't have my link to Oz, nor a bond to our pasts, and they are hijacking this day to push for things like a new flag. My family may not of come from England and not been prisoner of Mother England; POME. Yet the flag still represents out past our birth, and my heratig to Oz. The show now respect for my heratig to Oz, yet I am meant to show them respect as new Australian's, or just Australian's.


    Mate, you spent 90% of the time earbashing about how much you are a true blue and 10% of the time talking about Australia Day. How about being less of a tall poppy and just celebrate this day and make others aware what Australia Day is.
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    Jan 26, 2010 4:21 AM GMT
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    Pattison saidToday is is Australia day down here in Oz, a public holiday, and for many a four day long weekend.........To me the celebration for for the descents of convicts, and the pioneers, who families helped to build this great southern Land from nothing.

    My family come as large land owning pioneering aristocrats. Where we did not move to one of the newly forming cities, we went bush, where life was truly hard, and harsh. People who had left civilised Switzerland, to this uncultured undeveloped, New Great Southern Land, before any infrastructure was really in place before Australia had it first sitting of Parliament in Melbourne.

    This is what makes me a True Blue Aussie, and not just an Australian. Both my parents were born here, as all my grand parents, and great grand parents and my great, great great grand parents+.

    Sadly this day is also being hijacked by new Australians, and Australians who don't have my link to Oz, nor a bond to our pasts, and they are hijacking this day to push for things like a new flag. My family may not of come from England and not been prisoner of Mother England; POME. Yet the flag still represents out past our birth, and my heratig to Oz. The show now respect for my heratig to Oz, yet I am meant to show them respect as new Australian's, or just Australian's.
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    I did, as for me this days celebrations would be diffrent for you, as some-one not born here, and diffrent for me, some-one many generations born here, from a pioneer background and not as immigrants..it's been known as Foundation day to, too mark the first fleet, National Day of Australia to mark the first 50 years of Australia. from 1788, to 1838, my family come just after 1888. We were here to witness the ,ornaments day on a May day in 1901, to see Australia first parliament in Melbourne, and were well established by this time.

    Many New Australians are becoming Australia Citizen today, so for them that is what Australia Day represents as they don't have my long old heratig to Oz
    So one was not ear bashing but coming from where I stand on Australia day. As I said how you would look at this day is diffrent to how I look at it as a True Blue Aussie; the real thing.

    For me it is a celebration of all the hard work the Convicts and the Pioneers , did and endured to help build the foundations for this Great Southern Land Oz. A land where many people from older cultures come for opportunities that their forefathers had not made for them in their home land.
    First Australia Day was to celebrate the first fleet, and the raising of the British flag, in 1788. Some people see this days celebrations as a destruction of indigenous culture by by British colonialism.





    Mate, you spent 90% of the time ear bashing about how much you are a true blue and 10% of the time talking about Australia Day. How about being less of a tall poppy and just celebrate this day and make others aware what Australia Day is.
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    Jan 26, 2010 4:27 AM GMT
    Happy AUS Day!! I was there in '93 and I loved every minute of it! A great place!!
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    Jan 26, 2010 4:36 AM GMT
    Well I'm about to slip into a food comma. I invited a number of new Australians over, who I work with to celebrate this day with me, and I'm the only Aussie here.

    They all were to bring food that they would of eaten in their own countries, and I had Kangaroo, and snags and all the typical stuff on the BBQ, that I did not eat, as I was trying all the other diffrent foods, that peole so kindly brought. The suns shinning and not to hot, and I'm getting around in nothing but shorts.

    Maybe next year you all pop over and spend this day with us.
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    Jan 26, 2010 4:43 AM GMT
    I love my sunburned county.
    a land of sweeping plains,
    of rugged mountain ranges, of drought and flooding rains.

    I love her fair horizons,
    I love her jewel sea
    her beauty her terror
    The wide brown land for me.
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    Jan 26, 2010 4:52 AM GMT
    res_ident saidAustralia has a National Anthem??!!

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    Well the one we have now is only new. It only come into effect in 1984; yesterday. It;s not what I was to grow up singing.


    Australians let us rejoyce
    for we are young and free
    we've golden soil of wealth and toil
    our home is girth by sea
    our land abounds in natures gift
    our beauty rich and rare
    in historys page let every stage advance Australai fair.
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    Jan 26, 2010 6:34 AM GMT
    Happy Aus day! Don't forget your lamb chops
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    Jan 26, 2010 7:03 AM GMT
    roundhouse saidHappy Aus day! Don't forget your lamb chops
    Matey, a bbq is not a bbq, without lamb chops.
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    Jan 26, 2010 7:07 AM GMT
    I get teary-eyed on Canada Day because I live in the best place in the Universe to live, as we al do, so I understand your pride. I have a friend whose family moved to Canada in the 1600's. I had no idea there were people here that early, other than our beloved aboriginals, but there are papers to prove it apparently. My friend's family still feel likes imimigrants, compared to the people who greeted their ships when they arrived.
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    Jan 26, 2010 7:10 AM GMT
    So what have you done for your aboriginal peoples latety?
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    Jan 26, 2010 8:15 AM GMT
    barriehomeboy saidSo what have you done for your aboriginal peoples latety?


    Living in the City I don't even get to really See any now days, yet I grew up with them in the bush, and had many as friends. The women who gave birth to me also had three other son's. we are all either gay or bisexual. The breeding bisexual, breed with a women who was half Aboriginal, so chase is a quarter, and he will carry on the family name. So now they are party family.

    Like you can't give to all charities, since I'm not in contact with the aboriginals, not much, but the government does. But this is not to say I did not while I was living in the bush, and never will again.

    But I have never ignored the Aboriginals heratig to Oz. So to me the next lot to come to Oz the Prisoners and Pioneers, also come to Oz with no running water, or power, or any infrastructure. We the decendants to them, are the Aussies. Then you have the immigrants, the Australians, and new australians.
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    Jan 26, 2010 8:17 AM GMT
    barriehomeboy saidSo what have you done for your aboriginal peoples latety?


    Now have you ever done anything for them?
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    Jan 26, 2010 10:17 AM GMT
    Sending you a big Kia Ora & Happy Australia Day! luv from NZ

    (aka current holders of the Rugby League World Cup)

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    Jan 26, 2010 12:36 PM GMT
    From your neighbour up north have a great Australia Day mate. Love your country. Hopefully I be able to visit again. The last time in Darwin is just unforgetable.
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    Jan 26, 2010 1:09 PM GMT
    i did a search n found a couple hotties down there in oz
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    Jan 26, 2010 1:50 PM GMT
    Geezus! Mate you really need to get over yourself!

    Australia Day is a day to kick back and enjoy yourself, we're an ever changing nation of immigrants and our society is constantly evolving. 'new Australians' come here because they see a great lifestyle, opportunity and a (mostly) tolerant society...which we are, and so Australia Day is a day to focus on those things, it's what makes us different from every other country and embracing this is what makes us Australian.

    Your outdated and prejudice view I think is very anti-Australian. And as far as the flag...we NEED to identify ourselves as our own individual country. We are, and our flag should reflect that.

    Happy Australia Day everyone icon_smile.gif

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    Jan 26, 2010 1:52 PM GMT
    starlucks saidGeezus! Mate you really need to get over yourself!

    Australia Day is a day to kick back and enjoy yourself, we're an ever changing nation of immigrants and our society is constantly evolving. 'new Australians' come here because they see a great lifestyle, opportunity and a (mostly) tolerant society...which we are, and so Australia Day is a day to focus on those things, it's what makes us different from every other country and embracing this is what makes us Australian.

    Your outdated and prejudice view I think is very anti-Australian. And as far as the flag...we NEED to identify ourselves as our own individual country. We are, and our flag should reflect that.

    Happy Australia Day everyone icon_smile.gif



    get over here so we can celebrate oz day. icon_twisted.gif