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THE NAKED CITY – A POX ON AUSTRALIA DAY

Unlike the Fourth Of July in America and other celebrations of nationhood around the world, Australia Day seems very much a manufactured event. Take away the PR campaign that usually precedes, the various Government sponsored activities on the day, the fireworks, the citizenship ceremonies, the Australian Of The Year awards and Sam Kekovich flogging lamb […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Australia Day Celebrations

The debate around the appropriateness of celebrating Australia Day on January 26 will continue to rage until an official change is made. Until that occurs though Sydney has a plethora of opportunities to celebrate all of the various cultures and communities which make not only our country but our city so wonderful. City Hub has […]

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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 […]

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THE NAKED CITY – THE GRUMPY GUIDE TO AUSTRALIA DAY

If you are bursting with an intense inner jingoism and primal sense of patriotic pride, chances are you will unleash the goddamn lot on Australia Day – like some kind of enormous chunder ‘downunder’. Whether it’s a pair of ragged Southern Cross undies, a massive booze laden barbie in the backyard or a flag worn […]

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Australia Day

In the fictional, Australian country town of Coriole, they’re planning the Australia Day festivities. It will probably be the same as last year but getting the right multicultural sausage on the barbie is important, and so is a committee. This one is a blend of political and partisan views with the odd Australian born Vietnamese […]

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AUSTRALIA DAY

Bryan Brown returns to the screen in this gritty, raw and very powerful film which is sure to captivate and confront audiences. Set in Brisbane, the city swelters in record high temperatures as celebrations advance on this iconic national public holiday. However, the lives of three Australians from ethnic backgrounds (a Chinese girl, an Indigenous […]

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The Alternative Guide to Australia Day 2017

BY JEMMA CLARKE What do you associate with January 26? If it’s your traditional Aussie barbie and a couple of coldies, don’t read on. Whether you’re looking for an unusual way to spend your public holiday, or if you oppose what this date symbolises, there are events happening in and around Sydney this Thursday and […]

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