We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again.
Australia is the greatest country in the world.
You had every right to celebrate on Australia Day …
…and the activists, whingers and haters who participate in “invasion day” protests are flat-out wrong.
Here are six reasons why:
- Where do migrants go to seek a better life? Australia…
The first choice for migrants – whether they be Indians, Indonesians, Vietnamese, Afghanis, Iraqi or Pakistanis – is Australia.
They seek our freedom, our safety, our boundless job opportunities.
They love our weather, our care-free attitude and our political stability.
They understand how much better we are to the rest of the world.
They also know they’re free to set up businesses, practise their religion and celebrate their culture in their own homes, or in the streets.
This is why we can celebrate Australia Day.
- Australia is a world-leader on Indigenous rights
Ignore the activists.
Australia is a world leader on Indigenous rights.
Since Mabo, hundreds of Aboriginals communities have been granted title to vast swathes of land in recognition of their occupation before colonisation.
Affirmative action policies and quotas give Aboriginal people opportunities most Australians only dream about.
At our schools and universities, Aboriginal history and culture is taught in almost every subject ranging from history to science to geography.
Our national anthem has been changed to ensure Aboriginal people feel included in modern Australia.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags fly at every event alongside the Australian flag and “welcome to country” ceremonies are now the norm whether it’s before the board meeting of a publicly listed company or an international cricket match.
- Australians have fought in every major war since the Boer War
No country has had more selfless soldiers than Australia.
Very rarely were our shores directly threatened, and yet every time we were called upon, Australians did their bit.
At Gallipoli, we took the fall.
In World War II we fought in the harshest battlefields from Egypt to Italy to France.
In Vietnam, we punched well above their weight.
…and in the Middle East, we are renowned as the best of the best.
- Australia banned slavery from the get-go
Australia’s founding father – Governor Arthur Phillip – the man who landed on Sydney Cove on January 26, 1788, declared before his arrival:
“The laws of this country [England] will, of course, be introduced in [New] South Wales, and there is one that I would wish to take place from the moment his Majesty’s forces take possession of the country: That there can be no slavery in a free land, and consequently no slaves”.
Meanwhile, the merchant fleets of Liverpool were transporting slaves to the Americas, Britain’s Caribbean colonies were dependent on slave labour, and slavery was rife in the Raj.
- We are one of the most developed and prosperous nations in the world
Australia is one of the most developed and prosperous countries in the world.
We have the highest human development index in the world outside of Europe.
We have one of the highest per capita immigration intakes in the world after the Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Switzerland.
Our life expectancy ranks 7th highest in the world thanks to our generous public healthcare system which even international visitors have access to.
- We have helped build the world with our incredible iron ore and coal mining industries
Australia punches well above its weight.
Our country of a mere 26 million people produces 70 per cent of the world’s seaborne steel-making materials: iron ore and coking coal.
Without our high-quality minerals, there’d be no chance the Chinese, Indians and South Asians could have lifted billions of people out of poverty in the last few decades.
…and our mining industry is the cleanest and most sophisticated in the world.
It creates hundreds of thousands of high-quality jobs for Australians.
The short point?
This is a very special country.
Although the activists and ‘invasion day’ haters, run it down… the majority of Australians (especially those born overseas) know how lucky we are.
So, on behalf of the ADVANCE team, we hope you had a great Australia Day.
…and we hope you continue to ignore the angry mob, and celebrate this great country every time the 26th of January rolls around.
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