Here in the Great Southern Land, it is Australia Day - our National Day. But apparently that is now something we are to be embarrased by, to not celebrate all that makes this country great, to not remember how we came to be what we are, because it is bad, bad, bad.
Well sod the lot of them. Happy Australia Day from someone who was born here, spent her life here, and has researched the history of this great country enough to know that while we have a rather chequered past, we wouldn't be Australia if our past didn't exist. We cannot sweep the past under the proverbial rug and hope it goes away. That's not how the world works. Other great nations have tried it and failed (British Empire, anyone?).