Australia Day

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related: australia, australia night
hashtags: #SurvivalDay , #InvasionDay, #AustraliaDay
editing: January 26

Editor's note: Suggestions welcome

This week we are exploring the various narratives, counter narratives and hashtags of #AustraliaDay or #SurvivalDay #InvasionDay and the growing request to #changethedate uses time to check-in on Australian friends. We also update the wiki -- australia,
aboriginal australia, ozslang , wildoz and the January 26 page on

Labor MP Linda Burney
Labor MP Linda Burney


Australia Day should be about 'deep reflection' and 'truth telling', Burney says
Wednesday 17 January 2018

Is it time to change the date of Australia Day?

Friday 26 January 2018

"If we were to change the date we're not denying that that happened, it's acknowledging that it happened and going let's make a decision about who we are and who we want to be."

What is known about the earliest encounters between the Aboriginal people and the British of the First Fleet?

2017 Headlines
⚡️ “Favorite Podcasts from Australia” by @ronmader
Stan Grant's speech on racism and the Australian dream goes viral - Guardian

Recommended Listening

In the lead-up to Australia Day, ABC Extra reflects on what it means to be Australian.

Should we have a Mabo Day? - ACT politician, Dr Chris Bourke, wants a new public holiday that indigenous Australians can celebrate.

Orange Sky Laundry founders are 2016 Young Australians of the Year - Nominees for the award include people working in the areas of men's health, homelessness, immunisation, domestic violence, mental health and disability.

Recognising remarkable Australians: Dr Graeme Clugston - The Australia Day honours list shines a spotlight on Australians who are quietly doing remarkable things to assist others. Dr Graeme Clugston, Medical Director at the Lalgadh Leprosy Hospital in southern Nepal, is a great example of this.

Alternative Dates
Australia Day could be celebrated on January 1st when the nation achieved self-government and the six British colonies came together under a single federal commonwealth.

Key Links

Australia Day Council

The National Australia Day Council (NADC), a non–profit social enterprise owned by the Australian Government, is the coordinating body for the Australian of the Year Awards and Australia Day throughout Australia.It was founded in 1990, as the successor of The Australian National Day Committee.

Spotlight: Sydney 7s

sydney 7s

Artwork / Cue Yourself

January 26 is

#AustraliaDay on Twitter

Aboriginal Australia

NITVS Survival Day Playlist
January 26 marks an important day for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians alike.


January 26, 5-6pm Sydney What Makes Australia Great? hosted by @Vintuitive of Australia Great

Vin: We’ll be having a whole swag of great Aussie fun & games with some munging out on Vegemite and other Aussie goodness, a segment where Vicki Fitch from the US will be undertaking a test to see if she can speak enough Strayan in order to successfully pass and receive her “Honorary Aussie” status. That will all be followed by much more Aussie slang with a hot seat on rotation. There will be rewards for impressive use of Aussie slang.

Starting Time: Tuesday 5pm Sydney, 2pm Perth, 430pm Adelaide, 6am London GMT; Monday 10pm Las Vegas, 8pm Honolulu


Cattle and Cane - The Go-Betweens
I recall a schoolboy coming home
Through fields of cane
To a house of tin and timber
And in the sky a rain of falling cinders.
From time to time
The waste memory-wastes
I recall a boy in bigger pants
Like everyone
Just waiting for a chance
His father's watch
He left it in the showers
From time to time
The waste memory-wastes
I recall a bigger brighter world
A world of books
And silent times in thought
And then the railroad
The railroad takes him home
Through fields of cattle
Through fields of cane
From time to time
The waste memory-wastes
The waste memory-wastes
Further, longer, higher, older.

Deep Dive

Social Web Challenge

Here's our list of social web challenges for those making the most of the global attention on all things Australia:

1. Who are your favorite Australians and friends of Australia on Twitter?

2. What conservation, tourism or Aboriginal/Indigenous events are coming up in 2018? Hashtags? (Follow up questions - How can Planeta best engage locals, participants, organizers and supporters? Can we share your livestream video?)

3. What are your favorite Australia podcasts?

4. What are your favorite Australia-focused Creative Commons-licensed photos and artwork on Flickr?

2015 #AustraliaDay Buzzword Bingo

Aboriginal - Blab - Captain Cook - Captain's Call - Homelessness - Koala - Republic - Survival

Visit! The virtual tour starts here

Labyrinth, Centennial Park, Sydney

#Timeforadrink. #Kangaroo #bookabee #outback #magpie drinking water.

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