Celebrating January 26 is a state-sanctioned exercise that rubs salt into the wounds of Indigenous Australia. It proclaims, “You lost, we won. Know your place.”
But the desire for an honest conversation about modern Australia's origins in the violent and ongoing dispossession of Indigenous people is not going away.
Across the country Invasion Day marches were both bigger than ever, and took place in many more places. More local governments have dropped their January 26 activities and finally the ABC allowed Triple J to shift its Hottest 100.
The mood for change is gathering momentum — and it's not going to stop.
This has inevitably provoked a counter-reaction as the deniers of, and beneficiaries from, genocide frantically seek to turn back the truth, with the federal Coalition government leading the charge.