25 January 2019

Paul Daley reminds us that 26 January has been an Indigenous day of mourning far longer than it has been Australia Day: “in the media/political to-and-fro over another date, the real Australian malaise is all but forgotten. And that is: until Australia deals with the unfinished business of Aboriginal sovereignty and historical truth telling there will be no appropriate date upon which to celebrate a supposedly unified nation. Until Australia reaches a black/white settlement over sovereignty, through commonwealth and state treaties and a formal process of historical reckoning, it’s pointless marking other dates on the calendar.”