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"The day celebrates the stealing of land and the beginning of the decimation of the longest-continuing culture and peoples of the world," she told Al Jazeera.
"Most people who live here have little knowledge of settlement, massacres, indigenous cultures and the like - and most continue to see all this as being of little worth." However Liddle disagrees with the idea of simply changing the national holiday to a different date.
The British have never signed a treaty with any indigenous tribes, and Indigenous Australians were not included in the census until 1967.
It has somehow been severed from its origins as a date and turned into a feelgood, flag-waving thing. The 1990s in Australia are often referred to culturally as the " because of the academic debates surrounding Australia's colonial history, particularly the violence inflicted upon Indigenous Australians.
It wasn't until 2008 that the Australian government apologised to the Stolen Generations' of Aboriginal children forcibly removed from their families and placed in missions and with white families by the government.
"In the 1960s and 70s, as the country was moving away from Britain, the Australian government consciously set up January 26 as a 'celebration' and tried to whip up nationalism," he told Al Jazeera.
"We were looking for a story that was our own." "There is hardly any discussion about Australia's convict history and what it means.