Indigenous artists urge Australians to watch This is Australia video, inspired by viral Childish Gambino clip, on January 26

On a blisteringly hot day in a dry field in Bunuba country, Western Australia, Noongar rapper Beni Bjah, clad in the colors of the Aboriginal flag, points at the camera and slings lines that land like slaps: “This is Australia Look how you’re killing us Locking our children up Filling them prisons up.” Bjah’s lyrics … Read more

Voice referendum, plan to ‘abolish’ Australia Day in spotlight at rallies around the country

As the so-called change-the-date debate continues around the country, Dunghutti rights activist Paul Silva is floating another idea. “Changing the date is not going to solve the problem in any way shape or form,” he said. “We need to abolish Australia Day all together, it should never be celebrated,” he said. “If someone invaded your … Read more

For me, Invasion Day is a chance for reflection. Is Australia as a nation all it should be?

This Invasion Day I am as far from Australia as I can get without leaving the country. I am on my land. Wiradjuri land. Ngurrambang, in our language. Here I can stand in the place of my ancestors. With my Miyagan, my family. I can greet my father by saying marang ngarin, good morning. Here … Read more

Cricket Australia responds after Indigenous star Ash Gardner’s criticism of January 26 game

Cricket Australia (CA) says scheduling a Twenty20 match on January 26 is an opportunity to continue an “ongoing educational journey” with the Indigenous community, after all-rounder and Muruwari woman Ashleigh Gardner raised concerns about the fixture. Key points: Australia plays their second T20 against Pakistan on January 26 In a post on social media, Gardner … Read more

Australia Day creates mixed feelings for Indian Australians on January 26, as public perception continues to evolve

Meena Singh calls herself an Aboriginal girl with an Indian name. Key points: In India, January 26 is Republic Day, making the day an interesting juxtaposition for South Asian Australians For many new migrants and refugees, Australia Day is also the day they gained citizenship The Albanian government has rejected calls to change the date, … Read more

Australia Day in Perth will be much different this year, with Skyworks canceled after almost 40 years

It used to draw crowds of more than 300,000 but for the first time in nearly four decades, there will be no planned Skyworks display on Australia Day in Perth this year, as the city reckons with the massive cost and waning interest. Key points: After almost 40 years, Perth’s Australia Day Skyworks have been … Read more

Network Ten refuses to recognize Australia Day as executive declare January 26 ‘not a day of celebration’

Network Ten has told staff not to feel obliged to take a day off for Australia Day, refusing to recognize the national holiday by name in a letter to staff. In the note to editorial and programming staff obtained by The Australian, the commercial network’s Chief Content Officer Beverley McGarvey said January 26 was “not … Read more