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THE NAKED CITY – AUSTRALIA DAY: A POSTSCRIPT

As somebody old enough to remember British Empire Day (aka Cracker Night) in the 50s, through an uneasy transitioning to the official nationwide Australia Day public holiday in 1994, I have to admit I have never been particularly enamoured of the latter. The cultural and political significance of Empire Day was always overshadowed by community […]

Yabun calling as Australia Day becomes history

by JOHN MOYLE Whoo hoo! Australia Day has passed and Aussies did what they love best: party, party, party! But was not the case for many of Australia’s First Nations people who regard the 26th January as the “Day of Mourning.” Besides the orgy of beer, prawns and general skylarking, 26th of January is also […]

Inner West Council moves Australia Day celebrations

By ELIZA SPENCER In an historic decision, Sydney’s Inner West Council (IWC) has voted to move the annual Australia Day celebrations to January 25, the day before the existing national holiday, becoming the first NSW council to change the controversial date. On 12 November, after a heated debate within council chambers, the motion passed with […]

Racism not Goodes enough

BY ALEC SMART The allegation that racism was at the heart of the relentless crowd booing that irked Australian Rules’ football player Adam Goodes has reignited, following recent screenings of a documentary film on his career, The Final Quarter. It was further augmented by ABC sports commentator Charlie King, himself of indigenous descent, who singled […]

The truth of Australia’s Indigenous history

By Sarah McLenaghan Resistance groups are urging Australians to ditch the barbecue and beach party this Australia Day and consider what the holiday means for Australia’s First Nations people. The Aboriginal campaign group FIRE – Fighting In Resistance Equally – is holding a rally in Sydney’s Hyde Park on January 26 where protestors will meet […]

THE NAKED CITY – IT’S WORLD ‘SOMETHING’ DAY!

It’s about this time of year that we often familiarise ourselves with the new calendar to see just when the public holidays fall. This is seldom done out of any particular reverence for the holiday in question. Take Australia Day for example. Apart from the announcement of the finalists for Australian Of The Year and […]

Fair Dinkum Aussie Festival

“You’re not a fully fledged, fair dinkum Aussie until you’ve been to the Tamworth Country Music Festival at least once.” The above statement by Australian country music legend Lee Kernaghan reflects just how important he views this ever growing festival to be, not just for country music but for Australian culture as a whole. Tamworth […]

Inner West remakes Australia Day

By Sarah McLenaghan Inner West Council will consider changing the way it marks Australia Day after passing a Mayoral Minute at last Tuesday’s council meeting. The Mayoral Minute recommended a review of the entire Australia Day events program, incorporating consultation with the local Aboriginal community. Independent Councillor, Pauline Lockie said: “I was happy to support […]

THE NAKED CITY – RAISING THE ENDEAVOUR!

News that the wreck of Captain Cook’s HMS Endeavour has been discovered off the coast of America has already seen calls that it be raised, restored and returned to its ‘rightful place’ in a suitable setting in Sydney. Whether this will ever happen remains to be seen in what could easily become an international dispute […]

Australia Daze

COMMENT BY WARREN FAHEY I am now quite resigned to the arm-swinging chorus that tells me ‘I am, you are, Aust-ral-ian’. After hearing the song ad infinitum in Rugby World Cup promotions, Salvation Army Red Shield campaigns, endless loops from Telstra, school assemblies, and anything else that vaguely smacks of flag-waving, I am preparing myself […]