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Thousands protest Australia Day holiday with ‘Invasion Day’ rallies

Sydney, Australia Reuters Thousands marked Australia’s national day on Friday with “Invasion Day” rallies in support of the country’s Indigenous community, many of whom want to drop celebrations or move the date. Australia Day commemorates the day Britain established the state of New South Wales a penal colony, arriving in what is now the state […]

Thousands rally for ‘Invasion Day’ protests on Australia Day holiday

Australia Sydney Invasion Day rally

Updated: 10:55pm (AEST)Sydney, AustraliaReuters Thousands of Australians marked the country’s national holiday on Thursday with rallies in support of the nation’s Indigenous people, many of whom describe the anniversary of the day a British fleet sailed into Sydney Harbour as “Invasion Day”.  In Sydney, the capital of New South Wales – Australia’s most populous state […]

Protests, citizenship festivities mark contentious Australia Day holiday

Australia Day Australia Day protests

Melbourne, AustraliaReuters Thousands rallied against the mistreatment of Indigenous people across Australia on Wednesday as citizenship ceremonies took place to mark the country’s national day intended to celebrate the birth of the modern Australia.  The 26th January public holiday marks the date the British fleet sailed into Sydney Harbour in 1788 to start a penal […]

Stolen but not silent: Indigenous Australians protest national celebrations

Australia Indigenous Muruwari elder Rita Wright

Sydney, AustraliaReuters As Australia holds a national day of festivities on 26th January, Indigenous woman Rita Wright will be protesting the celebrations at a march in Sydney. Australia Day marks the date the British fleet sailed into Sydney Harbour in 1788 to start a penal colony, viewing the land as unoccupied despite encountering settlements. Indigenous […]

World Vision agronomist Tony Rinaudo honoured in Australia Day awards

World Vision agronomist Tony Rinaudo – who has spent more than 35 years working with communities to regenerate degraded lands across Asia and Africa – is among those honoured in this year’s Australia Day awards. Rinaudo, who has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia, said he hoped the award “spurs a conversation […]



Baptist minister MEGAN POWELL DU TOIT, in an article first published by Ethos: EA Centre for Christianity and Society, reflects on how she came to the decision not to celebrate Australia Day on 26th January…

Biomedical scientist named Australian of the Year

A biomedical scientist involved in breakthrough treatments of spinal cord injuries was named 2017 Australian of the Year at a ceremony in Parliament House, Canberra, on Wednesday night. Queenslander Emeritus Professor Alan Mackay-Sim is an international leader in stem cell research and his work played a central role in the world’s first successful restoration of […]