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Australia Day is the official national day of Australia. Celebrated annually on 26 January, it marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove by Governor Arthur Phillip. In present-day Australia, celebrations reflect the diverse society and landscape of the nation and are marked by community and family events, reflections on Australian history, official community awards and citizenship ceremonies welcoming new members of the Australian community.
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Bushfire-hit NSW towns use Australia Day to thank local heroesTowns on the NSW South Coast have thanked those who saved lives and homes during the recent bushfires.
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Linda Burney says Australia must recognise the historical 'truth' of 26 JanuaryIndigenous Labor MP Linda Burney has spoken about her feelings on Australia Day at Sydney's Yabun Festival.
'Huge honour': firefighters front and centre for Melbourne's Australia Day commemorationsFirefighters who battled bushfires have been honoured during Melbourne's Australia Day ceremony.
Tragedy of bushfires cloud Australia Day celebrationsAustralia Day celebrations on Sunday saw thousands of people flock to beaches and music festivals, but festivities were clouded by the tragedy of bushfires which have killed 33 and destroyed hundreds..
Sexual assault survivor advocates outraged over Bettina Arndt's Aus Day honourBettina Arndt has received an Australia Day honour for her service to "gender equity through advocacy for men".
Tens of thousands attend Invasion Day rallies across AustraliaTens of thousands of Australians have marched in Invasion Day rallies across the country to mark the beginning of colonialism.
Across Australia, tens of thousands are attending Invasion Day ralliesTens of thousands of Australians are marching in Invasion Day rallies across the country to mark the beginning of colonialism.
Thousands rally across Australia to mark Invasion DayThousands are expected to march in Invasion Day rallies across Australia, in an effort to shine a spotlight on the history and struggles of Australia’s first people.
Australia Day a time for unity, amid challenging times: Scott MorrisonPrime Minister Scott Morrison has called for unity in the face of bushfires, drought and floods on Australia Day.
Migrants embrace Australia Day celebrations in their new homeA survey of new migrants has found the majority find participating in Australia Day celebrations helps them feel welcome in their adopted country.
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Indigenous history must be at centre of Australia DayThe date is undoubtedly divisive and it may well make sense to change it at some stage. But it is more important to have our Indigenous heritage recognised in the constitution.
Mourning in Moree: Why one community can’t celebrate on Australia DayOn January 26, the community of Moree in north-western NSW will mark two very different anniversaries.
'Fashion police': Mayor slams government for citizenship ceremonies dress codeThe government has written to a local council to ask for its Australia Day citizenship ceremony dress code.
Anthony Albanese says Australia Day should stay on 26 JanuaryLabor leader Anthony Albanese has called for the country to shun the "counterproductive" debate around possibly moving Australia Day from its current date.
Why we should change Australia Day ... to the fourth Friday in JanuaryJanuary 26 offends Indigenous and many other Australians as the date to celebrate our nationhood. Here's an idea - not a date but a particular day at the end of January.
‘We’re better when we’re united’: Aboriginal musicians get behind Australia DayIsaiah Firebrace and William Barton will be performing their music on Australia Day. The pair say that, on the back of a devastating fire season, 2020 Australia Day is a time to come together.
Sydney council cancels Australia Day fireworks 'out of respect' for bushfire victimsA western Sydney council has cancelled it's annual Australia Day fireworks out of respect for those affected by Australia's devastating fires.
From the ashes, a new national day to capture our true gritOn this Australia Day we have new heroes to celebrate.
Two sides of the Australia Day coinCelebration of this country's history on January 26 has caused enduring conflict and division. It is time to put this right.
Sydney’s Inner West Council scraps Australia Day celebrations to recognise Indigenous AustraliansThe Inner West Council has voted to move festivities usually held on Australia Day and encourage constituents to attend the Aboriginal Yabun festival.
Sydney council moves to scrap Australia Day celebrations in favour of Aboriginal Yabun festivalA local council in Sydney will vote next week on a proposal to change the way January 26 is marked to better reflect the views of Indigenous Australians.
Tablet interactive: Kennerley cleared over Australia Day commentsPresenter says commonsense prevailed in the investigation into her ''racist'' comments on Studio 10.
New Australia Day rules and dress code, citizenship ceremonies to be held on 26 JanuaryLocal councils will be compelled to hold citizenship ceremonies on Australia Day under new rules being enforced by the federal government.
New Australia Day rules and dress codeLocal councils will be compelled to hold citizenship ceremonies on Australia Day under new rules being enforced by the federal government.