Saturday, January 31, 2009

Australia Day - two leaders

After the Australia Day Parade there were the speeches from a variety of people at Elder Park before the "party' and free concert.

This is Aunty Josi Agius who welcomed the Adelaide public present onto the traditional land of the Kaurna people.

In her speech she recognised that Australia Day is a great day for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people to celebrate being Australian but highlighted that many Aboriginal people regard the day as Survival Day. She also suggested that another day should be brought in for Aboriginal people or something be included specifically to recognise her people.

Other Aboriginal people across the nation had some different ideas, including a call from the new Australian of the Year, Mick Dodson, who suggested the date should be changed. Click here to read a report on the ABC website.

This is the Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Michael Harbison, who performed an official flag raising ceremony and gave his Australia Day address.

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