“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
Australia day was moved because of the culture wars of John Howard, an annual reminder that First Australians were non-people who had no place, no voice, writes Journalist Michael Carey.