The date of January 26 is a contentious and contested in Australia where for some it celebrates nationhood and for others (the Indigenous and Aboriginal Australians) it is a day of mourning. January 26 is Australia Day and Invasion Day.
As an outsider keen on learning about Australian culture, the month of January is an annual refresher to the many cultures down under, a history both recent and ancient.
This page spotlights key links, recommended listening, embedded tweets, and related features.
This history of Australia Day
“There is hurt”: Parliament’s first Aboriginal minister on Australia Day debate – Indigenous frontbencher Ken Wyatt says Australia should wait to be a republic before changing the date of Australia Day.
If you missed yesterday’s “Australia Day” cartoon here it is today again. https://t.co/Ic0x17c594
— F Onthemoon (@firstdogonmoon) January 24, 2019
Those who cling to symbols of British colonialism and white supremacy are the ones who are stuck in the past, who are being divisive, who are holding this nation back, not those of us who can imagine a nation that learns from its history to build a better future. #changethenation
— Pearson In The Wind (@LukeLPearson) January 25, 2019
Byron Bay Shire Mayor Simon Richardson on Australia Day: Why can we not celebrate Australia Day on a day which doesn’t cause division with anybody?
— Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) September 25, 2018