Surveys were conducted outside of Bankstown Centro shopping Centre.
Friday Morning 12pm.
Okay, today I decided to survey 25 people at random. When I say random I mean elderly looking people. I chose the elderly because I anticipated that the younger generation would have some idea of Australia Day. Whether that be through institutional studies or social media or mainstream news.
So, what did I ask?
- Do you know when Australia day is?
- What does it mean to you?
- Do you ‘celebrate’ Australia Day?
- Three words that come to your mind about Australia Day
- What do you think it should be?
In conducting this survey, It was clear that the people were as conflicted regarding Australia Day as i thought they would be. They were not sure of what Australia Day was about and what message it was trying to reiterate annually. There was division in the message delivered and received by the Western Sydney community.
20 individuals were aware of Australia Day but were unsure about the reason of its existence. These were the questions and statements raised.
- Isn’t this the day British stole the land from Aboriginal? Why are we celebrating this?
- I thought it was celebrating diversity?
- Is it to celebrate us coming together, all the nationalities?
- I think they should make it 2 days. One to celebrate aboriginal and one to celebrate Australia as a nation of cultures.