Category: Australia Day

Nah – you can’t change the date – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Of course, we can change the date. While we can’t unscramble the egg and pretend Captain Phillip and his ships, full of the ‘dregs’ of English society never landed, we can move the date of the national celebration and reflection to something far less confrontational to many. Maybe we should consider a long weekend around the time of the first sitting of the Australian Parliament – which occurred on May 9, 1901. After all, the long weekend is an Australian tradition we probably all support! What do you think?

Source: Nah – you can’t change the date – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australia Day 2022: Grace Tame refused to smile at a pre-Australia Day event at The Lodge

Grace shoots down Morrison’s propaganda photo shoot and grabs the history shot in her pictorial statement on Morrison’s legacy. She surely is 2022 Australian of the Year again.

On Tuesday, Morrison did seem to have the fixed-smile freeze of a man who knows he’s in for it and has no idea how to cope. But this is a bloke who knuckle-crawled his way up through the NSW Liberal Party, knocked off a rival for pre-selection, and ran Australia’s notoriously tough offshore detention system. He has probably seen worse than a lip-curl from a lady-activist. Tame’s critics have a hard time accepting that she doesn’t care what they think, which in turn exposes their insecurity in a changing world. They have a hard time accepting her generation’s model of activism, which is predicated on the stance that it is not the job of a victim/survivor to disguise negative emotions so the powerful feel comfortable.

Source: Australia Day 2022: Grace Tame refused to smile at a pre-Australia Day event at The Lodge

Australia Day 2022: Why many young people have given up on celebrations

Alex Barber no longer celebrates Australia Day.

Ms Barber, from Glen Iris, is not alone. She represents one side of a growing generational divide over the celebration of Australia’s national day. A recent survey by CoreData Australia, covering 1250 Australians aged 18 and over, shows younger people are less likely to celebrate the day. Almost 70 per cent of Gen Z participants – people under the age of 26 – said they did not intend to celebrate. Other studies released this week have reached similar conclusions. A YouGov survey showed younger generations are likely to prefer celebrating on a different day. One by Roy Morgan found almost 65 per cent of participants younger than 25 supported January 26 being referred to as Invasion Day instead of Australia Day.

Source: Australia Day 2022: Why many young people have given up on celebrations

The tide is turning against celebrating Australia Day: Poll

For years successive Australian Governments have proved they’re racist by repititiously maintaining that real Australians Support Australia Day while Aboriginies, Indigenous Australians don’t.  However what’s obvious is the exclusion of the Indigenous first peoples which couldn’t be more celebrated, in your face, racist and clearer for the world to see.

“We” claim proudly claim to be a multicultural inclusive nation but with two major exceptions. That successive white colonial governments have demanded assimilation of Indigenous Australians, having taken their land, made every effort to rapidly obliterate and disrespect their culture by lowering their social status, and generationaly steam rolling their psychological identities for over 220 years. The consequences of a historical victim-blaming mindset continues today. When we say it was never our fault why should we be blamed.

When conservative Australians speak of Australian identity they insist it be recognized culturally as predominantly Western White, Christian,and Male and all others are expected to bow in recognition of the day that gave birth to this nation and it’s institutionalised patterns of behaviour that systematically still exist today. Their Australian Calendar,” begins in the racist year zero” and on the 26/Jan. 1778.

More than two-thirds of respondents aged 26 and under say they won’t be celebrating on January 26, with just over 30 per cent saying they will. But more than 80 per cent of them support moving the date for the sake of improving relations with the Indigenous population, as do more than 70 per cent of those aged 27 to 41. Support for change dropped among older respondents, with just over 30 per cent of those 56 to 75 and 25 per cent of those older supporting a change in date.

Source: The tide is turning against celebrating Australia Day: Poll

Australia Day OR Fun With Flags… – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Whatever one thinks about the date, I can’t help but wonder why there are so many yobbos running around with Australian flags on their back. The flag wasn’t in existence on when Captain Phillip landed so they should really be running around with a British flag if they wanted to be traditionalists.

Australia Day OR Fun With Flags… – » The Australian Independent Media Network

We’ll Never Advance Australia Fair Until We Face Our Black Past – New Matilda

Grow Up Australia Wake Up! (ODT)

January 26 – ‘Australia Day’ – is a political project forced upon the nation by born-to-rulers. They want consensus for the wealth amassed through theft of Aboriginal peoples’ land and resources, and through the convict transportation system of slave labour. We will hear stories of triumphant ‘discovery’, and ‘progress’, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.

So decrepit was the first New South Wales colony that the military controlled all economic activity (the Rum Corps) – a beacon of reaction against even liberal capitalists across the world.

Why on earth did the flatpack colony set up here? Eight years prior to the Fleet’s arrival Captain Cook (the bloke we have memorials for across the country) was given urgent orders by London to find suitable land to establish a penal colony. After hundreds of years of wreaking absolute havoc on the peoples of England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland, British prisons were bursting at the seams.

Crime was a construction of the empire – a new and experimental time for creating systems of control. Political dissidents, peasants and workers attempting to defend themselves since the Enclosures and now facing violent industrialisation, were locked up in their thousands for crimes of theft, treason, riot, incitement, seditious libel and more.

via We’ll Never Advance Australia Fair Until We Face Our Black Past – New Matilda

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.

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

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

‘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