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The arguments for and against Australia Day on January 26

( CNN) The day before Australia celebrated its national day Friday, a statue of British explorer James Cook in Melbourne was vandalized, are covered under pink paint and the words “No pride.”

Every year Australia Day, held on January 26, is the focus of huge dispute and debate.

While many Australians see it as a chance to celebrate the country’s lifestyle, culture and achievements, typically through barbeques and public events, the date is no longer an happy one for Australia’s Indigenous people.