LETTERS 20.5.2017

Australia Day
THE call by some councils and a very small minority of individuals to change Australia Day, does not speak for the majority of Australians or me.
These minority individuals say they are speaking on behalf of Australians and Indigenous or culturally sensitive people, well that’s there opinion.
These people are trying to rewrite history and next they’ll be wanting to do away with ANZAC Day, Christmas, Easter, etc.
Indigenous people have been born, raised, housed, schooled and received medical treatment from Australians for the past 100 years or so, and it’s about time they finally accept that they are Australians just like the rest of us.
Why should I/we be held responsible for what happened 150 or 200 years ago: we weren’t around then. It’s time to move on.
If council or state government want to change Australia Day, then put it to the people and if rejected then you personally pay for the cost of having the vote.
Why should ratepayers/taxpayers have to foot the bill for a few minority individuals.
It is well overdue that Indigenous people realise that they have been living under Australian privilege for the past 100 years (not too many have been around for over 100 years).
They are only wanting compensation for something they have no claim to.
Nowadays a large majority of Indigenous people live within major cities and towns and have received special benefits that the rest of us have not.
There should be no more them-and-us society.
It will be a great day when our government stops treating Indigenous people as a separate group and treat us all as Australians.
So to all those radical lefties, and trouble makers who like to protest at anything, please remember you are only an individual and you can’t force your opinion onto me or think you are speaking on behalf of me and other Australians because you don’t.
Let’s remember history and move on to make Australia a better place to live, work and enjoy the facilities that has shaped Australia since Federation.
Every country has things in their history that they would like to forget or are ashamed of; should it stop a nation from growing?
Hell NO. I am an Australian born and raised and proud off it.
Steven Cruden
Witts Lane, Kwinana

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