Celebrating diversity on Australia Day.
Celebrating diversity on Australia Day. Flickr

Australia Day: 'Not all whities bad' says former alderman


Australia Day

DON'T forget there are many of us who just want to celebrate our day of being an Australian.

We want to appreciate what the country has become and our place in the world standing.

We are not that happy about the activists who claim they are representing us.

I grew up in large family who wanted to be friends with everybody.

I visited an auntie's farm where an Aboriginal couple lived in a tin shed in another part of the farm and I was not allowed to befriend them.

To this day I feel the injustice of that.



AUSTRALIA DAY KINGAROY: Michelle Wilson.Photo Rhiannon Tuffield / South Burnett Times
Australia Day is this Friday. Rhiannon Tuffield

Some years later I spent three weeks on a property where I was not allowed to have contact with a 'white' boy because he was a workman. Both episodes were snobbery at its worse.

I grew up in Brisbane and they were the days catholics and protestants hated each other.

Parents instilled bad thoughts about each group in their children's minds. And so our daily fun on the way to school past a convent was slinging ditties to insult each other.

No one bothered to get offended as they do now.


Toowoomba celebrates Australia Day .
Australia Day is this Friday.

In today's world I object to being labelled as a 'whitie' who needs to be put in my place just because I am white.

I have tried to be friendly with white and black and my efforts have been appreciated by both I hope. I make conversation with everyone who looks at me - black or white.

Let hope the activists don't sway the nation and we can all get on with the important things to support each other. We 'whities' are not all bad and most of us have pulled our weight to make Australia what it is today.

Julia Lawrence O.A.M,



Street Survey. Question; What does Quensland Day mean to you?   Julia Lawrence. I'm a royalist, I firmly believe in Queensland Day, I love Australia as it is.   Photo Greg Miller / Gympie Times
Former Gympie City Council alderman Julie Lawrence. Greg Miller


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