Category: Australia Day

Police on alert for ‘invasion day’ rally and far-right beach party

Liberal’s wish is a Cronulla Revival

Protesters march through the streets of the Melbourne CBD at an Indigenous rally in 2015.

Police are keeping a close eye on the potential for violent clashes at competing rallies on Australia Day, with Melbourne set to grind to a halt as thousands of protesters flood into the city on Friday.

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EDITORIAL EXCERPT: Malcolm’s Day of disappointment

Firstly, the 26th of January does not mark the formation of the nation of Australia. The Federation, when all state colonies came together to form the Commonwealth, happened on 1 January 1901.

Secondly, the 26th of January has not always been the date for Australia Day.

Thirdly most Australians don’t care about the date.

So much for “uniting Australia” — divide and conquer is the Liberal way. It takes a pretty special leader to use the national day to drive a deeper wedge into the nation in an effort to bolster his languishing political fortunes….

EDITORIAL EXCERPT: Malcolm’s Day of disappointment

LA changes Columbus Day to ‘Indigenous Peoples Day’ as statues continue to be destroyed — RT America

Los Angeles has voted to rename the holiday named after Christopher Columbus to commemorate Native Americans. The measure was passed as statues of the 15th-century explorer have been destroyed in recent weeks.

Source: LA changes Columbus Day to ‘Indigenous Peoples Day’ as statues continue to be destroyed — RT America

Dan Sultan clashes with George Brandis, Jacqui Lambie over Australia Day date on Q&A – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Indigenous songwriter Dan Sultan clashes with senator Jacqui Lambie and Attorney-General George Brandis on Q&A over the date of Australia Day.

Source: Dan Sultan clashes with George Brandis, Jacqui Lambie over Australia Day date on Q&A – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

More councils eye changing the date of Australia Day after Yarra Council push

At least three other councils are debating whether to follow the lead of Yarra Council, which voted unanimously to longer recognise Australia Day or hold citizenship ceremonies on January 26.

Source: More councils eye changing the date of Australia Day after Yarra Council push

Australia Day: a date that divides us – » The Australian Independent Media Network

As Australia Day 2016 approaches, I feel, once again, a sense of discomfort, something I attribute to my uneasiness about what this day represents. I have long felt uncomfortable about using the 26th January to commemorate the birth of our nation. After all, it was that day in 1788 an occupying force landed in Botany Bay, a…

Source: Australia Day: a date that divides us – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The World’s Most Popular Website Just Ripped The Rug Out From Under Australia Day – New Matilda

If you were hoping to wake up to an all ‘Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi’ Australia Day this morning, then whatever you do, don’t log onto the world’s largest website. In a stunning departure from convention, today’s ‘Google Doodle’ – the picture that adorns the Google logo, and changes based on the significance ofMore

Source: The World’s Most Popular Website Just Ripped The Rug Out From Under Australia Day – New Matilda

Australia Day: what makes us great, and what that greatness demands of us | Stan Grant | Opinion | The Guardian

The overwhelming response to my speech tells me we are better than our racist history, says Stan Grant

Source: Australia Day: what makes us great, and what that greatness demands of us | Stan Grant | Opinion | The Guardian

‘Chuck Another Flag On The Barbie’: How To Make White Patriots Lose Their Mind – New Matilda

An interesting social experiment is playing out on Facebook right now, in the form of a Facebook page which has sprung up called ‘Chuck Another Flag On The Barbie’. It’s actually an event – planned for ‘Victory Park’ in Castlemaine, Victoria on January 26. The page has been swamped with comments, in particular from outragedMore

Source: ‘Chuck Another Flag On The Barbie’: How To Make White Patriots Lose Their Mind – New Matilda

Australia’s day for secrets, flags and cowards – John Pilger — RT Op-Edge

On 26 January, one of the saddest days in human history will be celebrated in Australia. It will be “a day for families,” say the newspapers owned by Rupert Murdoch. Flags will be dispensed at street corners and displayed on funny hats. People will say incessantly how proud they are.

Source: Australia’s day for secrets, flags and cowards – John Pilger — RT Op-Edge

The real problem is not the lamb ad but the militarisation of Australian nationalism | Jeff Sparrow | Opinion | The Guardian

Contrary to the ad, there’s no tradition of Australians eating lamb on Australia Day for the simple reason that, until recently, we ignored the day altogether

Source: The real problem is not the lamb ad but the militarisation of Australian nationalism | Jeff Sparrow | Opinion | The Guardian