30 January 2015 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

WITADA Top 1030 January 2016
WITADA’s Weekly Top 10: News, stories and ideas to make the world a better place. 
In this week’s Top 10 we feature a post-Australia / Survival / Invasion Day special. There were many interesting and valuable stories that appeared after we made our last post and given the importance of these issues it seems a pity to not feature them here. The issues that are regularly raised on Australia Day seem to have a short lifespan in the mainstream media, only to reemerge again next year. And yet they are issues that remain real all year and that demand further discussion and resolution. We hope you enjoy this feature issue of our Top 10.


1. We highlighted Stan Grant’s speech as part of our Survival Day post. Since then The Guardian has reported on the incredible popularity of the video with over 850,000 views on Facebook and more than 28,000 shares (as of Sunday 24 January. As of today it is 1,355,370 views on Facebook and 319,661 views on YouTube). Stan Grant has commented on the popularity of his speech noting that “the overwhelming response to my speech tells me we are better than our racist history”. Let’s hope he’s right about that.


2. There has been a lot of talk this year about the appropriateness of this date as the day to celebrate Australia. New Matilda has a look at what other Commonwealth nations do to celebrate their national day. They found that “Australia is the only nation which places the beginning of its own colonisation as the central day of national celebration”.


3. Rodney Dillon has written a great article in The Drum that explains some of the complexity for Indigenous people of celebrating Australia Day on 26 January.


4. Continuing on this theme of the date for Australia Day, Chris Graham from New Matilda advocates for a change of day if we truly want to become an inclusive society.


5. The Sydney Morning Herald Good Weekend has a feature article on Adam Goodes and he shares some of his ideas about being Indigenous and how we might move forward as a society.


6. Buzzfeed Australia has produced a video ‘Aboriginal People Respond to Australia Day’ and in this article Celeste Liddle responds to it and shares some of her ideas about how non-Indigenous people can do things a little differently on (next) Australia Day.


7. Reactions to Australia Day protests also seem to be increasing in intensity. For example, owners of the cafe in Bermagui who posted a sign that said ‘Yes, we’re open on National Dickhead Day’ have come in for some strong criticism. And The Presets Facebook post, where they share why they are not celebrating Australia Day, went viral but not always in a nice way!


8. And of course we have to mention the Google doodle posted on Australia Day that featured an artwork, ‘Stolen Dreamtime’ drawn by Ineka Voigt, a Year 10 student from Canberra. It depicts an Aboriginal woman grieving for her stolen children. This is a departure from Google’s usual apolitical stance on social issues.


9. And just to remind us that it doesn’t have to be this way, The Conversation has an article on Justin Trudeau and his approach to Indigenous affairs in Canada – we can but hope for some of this to come our way!


10. Even though the moment has passed, the New Matilda playlist for Survival Day 2106 fireworks is still a cracker – and well worth a listen. There is some great Indigenous music as well as some great protest songs. Enjoy!


We hope you have enjoyed reading some of the interesting posts we have featured this week. Look forward to your company for our regular weekly top 10 next week.