Chris Hemsworth campaigns to change the date of Australia Day

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"Let’s find a date to celebrate this beautiful country that doesn’t exclude our Indigenous people..."

Chris Hemsworth and a long list of other celebrities have weighed in on the debate surrounding the date of Australia Day this weekend, pushing to see the national celebration moved to a less painful date for Aboriginal people, the Daily Mail reports. 

The actor posted a sweet photo of him and his son standing on the beach along with the caption:

"Today is a day of mixed emotions for many of us. Let’s find a date to celebrate this beautiful country that doesn’t exclude our Indigenous people and doesn’t ignore the pain and suffering that has occurred. Australia Day should be a day where we all are united not divided #changethedate" 

Hemsworth's words come shortly after Project host Waleed Aly took a moment to suggest Australia Day be held on March 3rd instead - the date when Australia became an independent sovereign nation. 

"I know March the 3rd feels a bit arbitrary and meaningless, but January 26 also felt a bit meaningless in early colonial years," he said during the segment.

"It didn't even become a holiday for like 30 years. So rather than celebrate a day when Britain took Australia from its traditional owners maybe we should mark the day when they gave it back to all of us."

Similarly, Miranda Tapp took to Instagram to share her experience of the controversial holiday. The Love Child actress wrote:

"Commemorating this day steamrolls over the very foundations of this great nation for something sparkly and distracting. Erases our history..."

She continued:

"Celebrating January 26 tells Aboriginal people that their lives don’t matter as much as other lives. That whoever wishes to have a bbq and drink doesn’t want or care for the nation to fix the issues that continue to hurt Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities."

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These findings are significant. They show yet more proof of Aboriginal people’s connection to the land that is now known as Australia. Australia Day tries to stifle things such as this. Commemorating this day steamrolls over the very foundations of this great nation for something sparkly and distracting. Erases our history. But this is what makes me sad and frustrated with this stagnant conversation. There was industry here. There was ingenuity and organisation. Captain Cook didn’t bring that here, and neither did Governor Macquarie. They destroyed this. They tried to take away the dignity and potential of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Australia has a long history of working to erase Aboriginal people from our shared narrative. It’s taken a lot of pain for us to still be here. Celebrating January 26 tells Aboriginal people that their lives don’t matter as much as other lives. That whoever wishes to have a bbq and drink doesn’t want or care for the nation to fix the issues that continue to hurt Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. We didn’t create this divide. And it’s on you to heal it. I can still love where I was born and still believe that it can be better. We should all believe it can be better and work towards that future. And the first step is truthful acknowledgement of our past. #changethenation #changethesystem #invasionday #survivalday #alwayswasalwayswillbe #aboriginal #firstnations #indigenous #equality

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Buddy Franklin, Matty J and Pia Miller were among the others who chose to speak out about the date of Australia Day. 

"On this Day my thoughts will be with my Pop/Jaru Nan/Noongar who were born into a world that considered them flora and fauna. My Pop was stolen from the back of a ute and brought to a mission at the tender age of 4. (take a moment to digest that)," wrote Franklin

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