Native title - the legal recognition of Indigenous Australian land rights - is determined under domestic law, not international law.
In an article published in the lead up to Australia Day, WA Liberal Party policy committee chairman Sherry Sufi said "native title can only exist if Australia was settled, not invaded". Is that right?
We must change the date of Australia Day again again if we want to achieve a national day that unifies all Australians.
The current choice of date for Australia Day is symbolic of the country we used to be – not the one we hope to become.
Conversations about Australia Day feel so polarised.
Debates around changing the date of Australia Day tend to run afoul of our sense of social identity, but there are ways to cut through and have a good conversation.
Dorothea MacKellar’s My Country, with its paen to a sunburnt landscape, excoriated Australians for their nostalgic love of English ‘grey-blue’ countryside and English weather.
There's a fine tradition of Australian poetry harnessing the corrective power of insult. In doing so, it prompts us to face hard questions about our history and identity.
Tim Rogers at the 2016 ARIA Awards.
AAP Image/Paul Miller
Tim Rogers has threatened to take legal action after one of his songs was included in Cory Bernardi's conservative Australia Day playlist. Rogers's case rests on obscure legal provisions known as moral rights.
Changing the date of Australia Day is the first tiny step for Australia to begin the reckoning with its origins.
Reconciliation between the Settler and First Nations populations is a self-evident prerequisite for Australia cutting the ties of colonial dependency with Britain to stand on our own.
The Founding of Australia. By Capt. Arthur Phillip R.N. Sydney Cove, Jan. 26th 1788 (Algernon Talmadge R.A, 1937)
State Library of New South Wales
As it becomes ever more entangled in battles over the meaning of our history, Australia Day will find it difficult to foster common belonging and social cohesion.
Indigenous peoples’ claims to substantive political voice transcend the symbolic.
To finally succeed, the idea of an Indigenous voice to parliament must be argued as one that is fundamentally democratic.
The painting Group of Natives of Tasmania, 1859, by Robert Dowling.
That colonial wars were fought in Tasmania is irrefutable. More controversially, surviving evidence suggests the British enacted genocidal policies against the Tasmanian Aboriginal people.
“Remember, remember the fifth of November”…
A chemical found in products as diverse as fireworks and food packaging, perchlorate can interfere with thyroid function as well as foetal brain development.
January 26 is just one date that represents the dispossession of Australia’s First Nations.
AAP Image/Dan Peled
January 26 marks one of the greatest expropriations in modern history, which took place at Sydney Cove. Why do so many Australians want to commemorate an act of egregious injustice?
Having moved so far from its origins in 1788, perhaps Australia Day should now be a celebration of Australian 'ordinariness'.
The Founding of Australia. By Capt. Arthur Phillip R.N. Sydney Cove, Jan. 26th 1788, Algernon Talmadge R.A, 1937.
State Library of NSW
The marking of our national day has long been fraught, and this year is no exception.
Tea and Damper by A . M. Ebsworth.
From Digital Collection of the State Library of Victoria.
The first European settlers in Australia used a dizzying array of flora and fauna in their kitchens – but they cooked them in a traditional British style.
Is Nick Kyrgios too difficult – and different – to become an Australian hero?
AAP Image/Joe Castro
Examining our sporting heroes reveals much about ideas of national identity and who is accepted.
We share a head of state, so should Australia join a Commonwealth trading bloc?
Australia shouldn't wade into the post-Brexit politics by supporting an idea to form a trading bloc based on the Commonwealth.
Nicole Kidman has been nominated for an Oscar in the category of best supporting actress.
Australian cinema has offered striking, intelligent and forceful evaluations of our national identity. Rather than play an outdated gambling game this Australia Day, why not watch the best of Aussie film?
Some Aboriginal people and a number of other Australians see Australia Day as a day of mourning.
Protesting about Australia Day is a smokescreen to obscure the real problems that many Aboriginal Australians face today.
Children representing the diversity of contemporary multicultural Australia stand near a sign depicting an ‘idealised’ white Australia. Blackwood Recreation Centre, South Australia, 2015.
Photo: C. Smith
How might an Aboriginal person in the Northern Territory experience racism? There are many material signs that can make a person feel excluded from society.
A march in Perth on Australia Day this year in support of Indigenous people.
Changing the date of Australia Day celebrations – as the City of Fremantle has done – is a move towards a less racist future. And when it comes to challenging insularity, there are other positive signs in Western Australia.