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“An Obvious Day of Mourning”

Click above to listen. Jarmbi Gigabul (Alex Spengler), alternative flag (John Joseph)

Australian Day

“An Obvious Day of Mourning”

Celebration or grieving? An indigenous view on the anniversary of Cook’s arrival in Australia.

“If we wanna celebrate a national day in any way, it should be something more to do with celebrating what we wanna see and what we wanna be. Holding true to the values we pride ourselves on, like ‘fair go’, like being there for your neighbour, helping out your mate (…) If we have a good look today, it’s very scarce.” Jarmbi Gigabul

Jarmbi is a Northern Rivers custodian of British descent who walked on to a property in the Byron Shire and negotiated a patch of land to live on based on his ancestry. I asked him about the celebrations around “Australian Day”, a national reference that marks the beginning of the colonisation quest into what the British referred to as Terra Nullius (“Nobody’s Land”). This interview was aired during Brasil Central Bay FM edition on the 26th of January, 2017.


Further reading and watching on “Australia Day”:



NITV: Australia Day remains a culture war battleground
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Brasil Central's editor in chief. Former SBS (Australia) and TV Educativa (Brasil), he is a contributor to FairFax Media on Brazilian affairs. Alex holds bachelor degrees in Journalism, Social Sciences and a post-grad in Public Policies and Gender.



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    January 31, 2018 at 8:29 am

    Parabéns, muito legal. Sucesso.

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      Alex Spengler

      February 19, 2018 at 8:09 pm

      Obrigado 🙂

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    February 3, 2018 at 11:22 am

    Really good material. Congratulations!!!!

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      Alex Spengler

      February 6, 2018 at 3:12 pm

      Thanks 🙂 xx

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