Joseph Tocsano Anarchist Age Weekly Review 20th January 2010
The intense disquiet felt by an increasing number of Australians about celebrating Australia's national day on the 26th January – the day a colonisation process began at Botany Bay in 1788 which led to the brutal and violent dispossession of people who had inhabited this continent for over 40,000 years has all but been ignored by successive governments and the fourth estate.
The time has come for both indigenous and non indigenous Australians who find the idea of celebrating this country's national day on such an inappropriate day to set aside a day to commemorate the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander freedom fighters who paid the ultimate price to protect their families, their culture and their land from an onslaught by a people who were willing to use the most brutal and inhumane practices to eradicate indigenous Australians so they could steal their lands for their own personal gains.
For far too long Australians have written and re-written Australian history to justify their refusal to confront the past and enter into meaningful negotiations with the descendants of the survivors of this invasion. In 2006 and 2007 the Melbourne based Anarchist Media Institute organised a commemoration to mark the judicial murder of Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner, two indigenous freedom fighters from Tasmania who, on the 20th January 1842, were the first people publicly executed in Melbourne.
They paid the ultimate price for waging war against the Crown.
In 2008, realising the public execution of Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner was an event that was pivotal in Australian history, the Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner Commemoration Committee was created to organise a public commemoration on the 20th January since 2008. Three years later all the attempts of the Commemoration Committee to highlight the unfinished business that still exists between indigenous and non indigenous Australians and their efforts to establish a significant public monument on the spot the men were executed on that fateful day on the 20th January 1842, have been largely ignored. The Melbourne City Council has put the issue on the back burner, the Governor General, Quentin Bryce and the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard send their apologies when asked to speak.
From the: Anarchist Age Weekly Review
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