No acknowledgment of Aboriginal country for Gold Coast council. Mayor says national anthem is ‘enough’

An acknowledgment of country will not be introduced at Gold Coast City Council meetings this term, with a leading traditional owner saying “our identity feels rejected”. Key points: About 60 per cent of local governments in Queensland conduct an acknowledgment of country at full council meetings The Gold Coast mayor says he’ll consider the practice … Read more

Lidia Thorpe slams Voice to Parliament on Q&A

Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe has slammed the proposed Voice to Parliament as something that could affect the “sovereign status” of Indigenous Australians. The Victorian Senator has been outspoken about the Voice to Parliament in recent weeks and indicated she will vote no if the Albanian government cannot assure her that Indigenous sovereignty will be guaranteed. … Read more

Anthony Albanese, Tony Burke to unveil arts overhaul

A major revamp of Australia’s arts, entertainment and cultural sector will put First Nations people at the forefront and ensure more investment in local talent. The new national cultural policy – “Revive” – ​​will be announced on Monday, and is set to bring “drive, direction and vision back” to the $17 billion industry, after a … Read more

The Voice is in danger of being drowned out by noise – even before the details are decided

January 26 is not the best day to gauge the progress of a campaign to recognize Indigenous Australians in the Constitution, and to establish a body that gives them a platform from which to be heard by the government and the parliament on issues that affect them. It is a raw day for Indigenous Australia, … Read more

The Today Show’s panel of ‘four white people’ discussing Australia Day attracts criticism

David Campbell, host of the morning television show Today Extra, has acknowledged that he may have chosen the wrong guests to discuss the ongoing controversy surrounding the date of Australia Day. Campbell, along with co-host Sylvia Jeffreys and journalists Tom Tilley and Jess Ridley, discussed the topic of January 26 and the proposed Indigenous Voice … Read more

Australia Day date: Andrew Bogut says change would mean nothing

Australian basketball legend Andrew Bogut has declared an Australia Day date shift would change nothing. The former NBA star on Thursday hit out at suggestions nobody should be allowed to celebrate the national holiday as debate continues to swirl around the controversial January 26 date. Australia Day marks the day the First Fleet hoisted the … Read more

Merri-bek City Council: Merri-bek blasted for allowing staff to take day off

A Melbourne council which refuses to celebrate Australia Day and which has changed its former “racist” name to an Indigenous one has been labeled hypocritical for taking the day off for Thursday’s public holiday. Merri-Bek City Council, formerly Moreland, isn’t picking up the phones for its residents on Thursday, a move which independent councilor Oscar … Read more

AFL stud Bailey Smith demands ‘change the f**king date’ as Australia Day debate rages

Western Bulldogs star Bailey Smith has come out to call for Australia to “change the f**king date” of Australia Day. Australia Day marks the day the First Fleet hoisted the British flag at Sydney Cove in 1788, which makes it a day of pain for First Nations people as it marks the arrival of European … Read more

Merri-bek City Council: Neo-Nazis disrupt mourning ceremony

A Melbourne council’s mourning ceremony has been interrupted by a group of far-right extremists. Merri-bek City Council, formerly Moreland, was targeted by protesters on Thursday morning who have been described by the city’s mayor as “racist extremists”. “Today we came together with around 70 members of our Merri-bek community for a mourning ceremony and a … Read more

Peter Dutton to meet with Indigenous Voice to parliament referendum working group

Peter Dutton will have the opportunity to ask for more details of the Voice to parliament when he meets with the group of Indigenous representatives working on the referendum. A spokesman for the Opposition Leader said he had met with Indigenous leaders and was “happy” to attend a future meeting of the working group, after … Read more