SYDNEY (Reuters) – Hundreds of Australians marked the nation’s nationwide vacation on Thursday with rallies in assist of the nation’s Indigenous individuals, lots of whom describe the anniversary of the day a British fleet sailed into Sydney Harbour as “Invasion Day”.
In Sydney, the capital of New South Wales – Australia’s most populous state – social media confirmed a big crowd gathered at an “Invasion Day” rally within the central enterprise district, the place some individuals carried Aboriginal flags and an Indigenous smoking ceremony happened.
Related actions have been scheduled in different Australian state capitals, together with in South Australia’s Adelaide the place round 2,000 individuals attended, in response to the Australian Broadcasting Company.
Talking at a flag-raising and citizenship ceremony in Australia’s capital, Canberra, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese honoured the nation’s Indigenous individuals, who’ve occupied the land for no less than 65,000 years.
“Allow us to all recognise the distinctive privilege that we’ve got to share this continent with the world’s oldest steady tradition,” Albanese stated.
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An annual ballot by market analysis firm Roy Morgan launched this week confirmed practically two-thirds of Australians say Jan. 26 ought to be thought-about “Australia Day”, largely unchanged from a 12 months in the past. The remaining imagine it ought to be “Invasion Day”.
Amid the talk, some corporations have adopted flexibility round observance of the vacation. Australia’s largest telecoms firm, Telstra Corp Ltd, this 12 months gave its employees the choice to work on Jan. 26 and take one other time without work as an alternative.
A lot of Australia’s 880,000 or so Indigenous individuals lag behind the nation’s 25 million residents on financial and social indicators in what the federal government calls “entrenched inequality”.
This 12 months’s vacation comes as Albanese’s centre-left Labor Social gathering authorities plans a referendum on recognising Indigenous individuals within the structure, and requiring session with them on choices that have an effect on their lives.
The structure, which got here into impact in January 1901 and cannot be amended and not using a referendum, doesn’t consult with the nation’s Indigenous individuals.
(Reporting by Sam McKeith; Modifying by Kenneth Maxwell)
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