27 January 2018 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

27 January 2018
WITADA’s Weekly Top 10: News, stories and ideas to make the world a better place.


In this week’s Top 10 we take a look at the Invasion Day protests including whether Australia Day should even exist, and other very interesting things of course!


1. Yesterday marked Australia Day for some and Invasion Day for others. There is a long history of both celebration and contestation as explained in this excellent article by Prof Kate Garland-Smith in The Conversation.


2. There were invasion day protests across Australia yesterday and they marked the largest protests of their kind in our history, with over 60,000 turning our in Melbourne to peacefully protest. The Guardian has some great pics of the protests around the country.


3. There is more discussion this year than ever before about the need to change the date of Australia Day. The Guardian has an excellent editorial on these issues and highlights the importance of debating rather than dismissing these issues. The Conversation has a moving article by Dr Chelsea Bond on her experience of Australia Day – as a commemoration not a celebration. And Tony Birch suggests that until Australia makes its peace with the past and with the First Nation people of this country, we don’t deserve a national celebration.


4. We all know that many people have no idea about the real history of Australia and Australia Day so this article from SBS / NITV – 10 things you should know about January 26 – is essential reading (even for those of us who are informed!).


5. There are quite a few suggestions about a possible new date for Australia Day. Personally, May 8 is still my favourite and if you haven’t seen this great video from last year explaining why, then it’s a must watch this weekend!


6. GetUp has a moving video stressing the importance of listening to First Nations people about their experiences and feelings about 26 January.


7. And as if the whole business is not bad enough it seems that the Australia Day awards are still skewed towards men who made up two thirds of recipients this year and have done for the past 20 years or so. Although we have to say that we are very happy about Michelle Simmons and Sam Kerr and also about the Order of Australia for Oxfam’s Helen Szoke.


8. And just because good news helps us get through the day – SBS / NITV report that “four stars have been officially recognised by their Wardaman and Boorong names showing the importance of traditional language and Indigenous starlore.”  The star names are Larawag, Wurren, Ginan and Unurgunite.


9. And you can check out the trailer for the new film documenting the late Indigenous musician Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu which is premiering at the Berlin Film Festival this month.


10. It seems fitting to finish our Top 10 today with some words of wisdom from the inimitable First Dog on the Moon  – Australia Day: Do you know what you’re celebrating!


Thanks for your company this week.