Fly the Aboriginal flag at half mast on January 26

However I do know that we aren’t alone in desirous to imagine that this nation is able to telling the reality about its violent historical past – reckoning with its previous, so it might higher cope with its current.

As with ANZAC Day, we ask that every one Australians be part of us in acknowledging January 26 as a day of respectful reflection and mourning for individuals who died preventing for nation.

A day of mourning is just not a brand new thought, nevertheless it is a crucial one. On this present day, the Aboriginal flag might be flown at half-mast, as befits a day of grief and remembrance. I am inviting communities, councils and organisations throughout Australia to do exactly that. These attending Invasion Day daybreak companies also needs to take into account sporting black, to symbolise mourning.

The numerous injustices Aboriginal folks have confronted started on January 26, 1788, however they proceed at this time.

Australia is among the many solely Commonwealth nations and not using a legally binding treaty. A treaty would see First Nations folks and the Australian state communicate to a different, for the primary time, as sovereign to sovereign. It could radically reshape the connection between First Nations Peoples and different Australians.

The proposals put ahead by the advisory group for a Voice to Parliament up to now lack this ambition. The government of the day would not be required to take its advice. Aboriginal folks have been chatting with governments on each side for many years – but these deep injustices stay. The established order has not served us.


Treaty is about mutual respect – talking to at least one one other, as equals, and beginning with the reality about what our folks have confronted, since that first invasion. It could remodel this nation. A treaty that begins with truth-telling is the intense change that this nation wants.

However we are able to’t do that alone – we want all Australians to come back on this journey of truth-telling with us. Forward of this 12 months’s Invasion Day, we’re asking you to show up for us. To face with us – to show this present day of mourning right into a day of therapeutic so we are able to transfer ahead collectively as a nation.

Lidia Thorpe is a proud Djabwurrung Gunnai Gunditjmara girl and an Australian Greens Senator.