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The new Australian of the Year, Mick Dodson, says the use of January 26 as Australia Day alienates Indigenous Australians because it commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet, and he has urged national debate on whether or not to change the date.
But Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has emphatically ruled out any change with a "simple, respectful, but straightforward no".
A Tasmanian Aborigine has reignited the national debate about flag burning, after an Australia Day protest in Launceston yesterday.
About 100 Aborigines from across Tasmania rallied in Launceston's City Park against what they call "Invasion Day".
After the speeches, Adam Thompson stepped from the crowd and burnt the Australian flag with a cigarette lighter, to cheers from the crowd.
The Australian National Flag Association's Reg Watson has branded the act "despicable", calling on the Federal Government to make it illegal.
Originally posted by Agit8dChop
A term being overused in Australia lately is '' un-australian ''
Originally posted by Kryties
it was over 200 years ago for crying out loud LET IT GO.