Australia Day

Australia Day is the official national day of Australia. Observed annually on 26 January, it marks the 1788 landing of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove and raising of the Union Flag by Arthur Phillip following days of exploration of Port Jackson in New South Wales. In present-day Australia, celebrations aim to reflect the diverse society and landscape of the nation and are marked by community and family events, reflections on Australian history, official community awards and citizenship ceremonies welcoming new members of the Australian community.[1]

The meaning and significance of Australia Day has evolved and been contested over time, and not all states have celebrated the same date as their date of historical significance.[2] The date of 26 January 1788 marked the proclamation of British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of Australia (then known as New Holland).[3] Although it was not known as Australia Day until over a century later, records of celebrations on 26 January date back to 1808, with the first official celebration of the formation of New South Wales held in 1818. On New Year’s Day 1901, the British colonies of Australia formed a federation, marking the birth of modern Australia. A national day of unity and celebration was looked for. It was not until 1935 that all Australian states and territories adopted use of the term “Australia Day” to mark the date, and not until 1994 that the date was consistently marked by a public holiday on that day by all states and territories.[4] Unofficially or historically, the date has also been variously named Anniversary Day, Foundation Day and ANA Day.[5]

In contemporary Australia, the holiday is marked by the presentation of the Australian of the Year Awards on Australia Day Eve, announcement of the Australia Day Honours list and addresses from the Governor-General and Prime Minister. It is an official public holiday in every state and territory. With community festivals, concerts and citizenship ceremonies, the day is celebrated in large and small communities and cities around the nation. Australia Day has become the biggest annual civic event in Australia.[6]

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This book is a new vision of the most divisive political issue in Australia today

Aboriginal politics are now dominated by demands for reconciliation, self-determination, and acknowledgment of culture. But these concepts – defined and promoted by an urban elite of educated Aboriginal activists – hide the bigger truth that most people of Aboriginal descent today are already integrated into the wider society and are doing well, if belatedly.

More importantly, the Aboriginal industry fails to address the needs of the 20 per cent minority of their population who still live in despair. Those who remain in remote and rural Australia are being asked to build a New Jerusalem on poor lands with ancient cultural hab­its. This captive minority needs to reach out, literally, but the politics of their leaders keeps them locked where they are.

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A crowning insult

In today’s Herald Sun, Rita Panahi takes the AFL to task for its shameful decision to exempt the women’s competition from observing a minute’s pre-game silence in honour of the late Queen Elizabeth. Her column is paywalled, but this observation shouldn’t be missed:

The pitiful decision by the AFL to ditch a tribute to the Queen during AFLW Indigenous round gives an insight into what we can expect if we continue to pander to the race-baiters and the identity politics-obsessed activist class….

…. AFLW players should be embarrassed they couldn’t bring themselves to honour one of the most significant women in history.

As many have noted it appears the W in AFLW stands for ‘woke’, not ‘women’.

If it wasn’t for the ‘Western imperialism’ that they decry so incoherently there wouldn’t be an AFLW or the many platforms where the perpetually aggrieved can play victim.

Aboriginal leader Warren Mundine was disgusted by the AFL’s actions. “I’m a little tired of white people and woke organisations speaking for Aboriginal people and assuming to know what Aboriginal people think and feel,” he wrote.

Mundine made that remark while speaking with 3AW’s Neil Mitchell about the AFL’s latest woke disgrace — and he had a lot more to say, all of it worth hearing.

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The Break-up
of Australia

Australian voters are not being told the truth about the proposal for constitutional recognition of indigenous people. The goal of Aboriginal political activists today is to gain ‘sovereignty’ and create a black state, equivalent to the existing states. Its territory, com­prising all land defined as native title, will soon amount to more than 60 per cent of the whole Australian continent.

As Keith Windschuttle observes, constitutional recognition would be its launching pad.

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I am interested in writing short stories for my pleasure and my family's but although I have published four family books I will not go down that path again but still want what I write out there so I will see how this goes

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