- Thousands of people attended a rally in solidarity with Indigenous Australians on 26 January.
- The event was a visual reminder of opposition to the holiday.
- Meanwhile, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese welcomed some of Australia’s new citizens.
Canberra’s Galema Square was filled with people protesting National Day and the Voice of Parliament, with public squares littered with posters reading ‘f*** your voice – manufactured constitutional consent’ .
Protesters march past the Old Parliament House to the Aboriginal tent embassy as part of an ‘Invasion Day’ rally in Canberra. sauce: AAP / Mick Tsikas
At a rally in Melbourne, Green Party Senator Lydia Thorpe told the crowd that a “sovereignty treaty” was needed to “bring everyone together”.
“For many people these[indigenous deaths in custody]numbers are just statistics. For me they are not. My son had a right to live. I have a right to demand justice for what happened, David.”
Thousands joined a protest at Sydney’s Belmore Park before marching through Sydney’s CBD. sauce: AAP / Bianca de Marchi
Some were critical of Voice’s proposal, while others were supportive.
He said support for “the world’s oldest continuing culture” would best be directed toward supporting the recognition of the Indigenous peoples’ constitution in a parliamentary voice referendum later this year. rice field.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Governor David Hurley with 23 of Australia’s newest citizens in Canberra. sauce: AAP / Mick Tsikas
At the ceremony, Mr. Albanese and Governor David Hurley held a private smoking ceremony with Indigenous elders before official commemorations were launched across the country on Wednesday.
Mr. Albanese personally congratulated the 23 new citizens. Among them were mental health practitioners, scientists, and mechanical estimators.
Camilla Roy artist Rhonda Sampson stands in front of her artwork ‘Dhyan Warlane’ projected onto the sails of the Sydney Opera House at dawn as part of the 26th January event. sauce: AAP / Bianca de Marchi
“You bring the world to us, you bring to us your drive, your passion, your talents and your aspirations. Looking at the list of occupations presented here today, we can see that Australia wants and needs It’s a skill roll call,” Albanese said.
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https://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/new-citizens-welcomed-as-thousands-rallied-across-australia-in-solidarity-with-first-nations-people/jw2mh5kfc Thousands gathered across Australia on January 26 to welcome new citizens