I have absolutely no problem celebrating on January 26… when I’m in India.
That is the anniversary of the day in 1950 when India was declared an independent republic, free of both its colonial masters and the British crown. A coincidence that makes the Australian festivities around January 26 all the more perplexing and demeaning.
So here we go again! January the 26th 2020, Australia Day, Foundation Day, Citizenship and Award ceremonies.
For some of us.
The Australian Dream premiered at opening night of the Melbourne International Film Festival last week. It’s a powerful and deeply personal account of Adam Goodes' journey from defying on-field, and very public, racial attacks to speaking out against racism as captain of the Sydney Swans and Australian of the Year.
Thanks to Madman Films ANTaR is pleased to be able to host two special advanced screenings of the film in Melbourne and Sydney!
It has been interesting to observe the debate about what today, 26 Jaunary, means for us as a nation and individually.
Today ANTaR and many of its supporters will pause to reflect on the anniversary of the invasion that started the dispossession and oppression of Australia’s First People. We will join them in mourning what they have lost to the colonisation of their lands and honour their survival after years of fighting for justice, rights and respect.
Momentum for changing the date of Australia Day from January 26 has made its way to Canberra this week. Just yesterday, the Greens committed to campaign on the issue both at a Federal and local government level.
ANTaR has been campaigning for changing the date for a number of years now, and here’s why.
For anyone familiar with Australian history, the arrival of the British in Sydney Cove on January 26, 1788 did not set off a peaceful 200 years of coexistence based on agreement to hand over land, resources and the system of law/lore.
Sunday 10th December marked 25 years since the landmark Keating Redfern Speech. It was a speech that told the truth.
Coming from a Prime Minister, it was a truth that could not be unsaid, a truth that formed the foundation for moving forward together on the journey towards a reconciled nation. He said: