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‘Invasion Day’ rally planned for Lismore

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An Invasion Day rally will be held outside the Lismore courthouse on Friday as part of a nation-wide protest to coincide with Australia Day celebrations.

Rallies are also being organised in every capital city, and many regional centres, across Australia.

Organisers said this year marks 230 years since British military forces invaded Gadigal land and declared British rule over this continent.

One hundred and fifty years later a group of Aboriginal men and women met in the Australia Hall in Sydney to declare January 26 a Day of Mourning.

Since then, among many Aboriginal people and their supporters, January 26 has either been referred to as Invasion Day or Survival Day.

Kleon Toffeti of Kyogle has organised this year’s rally in Lismore, and so far the Facebook event has 150 people indicating they will attend, with another 434 people interested.

The Lismore rally will kick off at 9am .


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  1. What great idea , to celebrate the coming of civilisation to Australia !
    With up to sixty thousand years to practice , the inhabitants managed to discover ,pointy sticks and rocks and with a life expectancy of around thirty years ,if the neighbouring tribe didn’t catch you alone and undefended,it must have been mind blowing to see the scientific advances of Europe and the attendant benefits to life-style. These boons continue to this day in the form of free Toyotas, tinnies and guns to hunt “traditionally”…… critically endangered dugongs,turtles and just about anything in the National Parks.
    Nobody disputes the massive handouts to ‘our first peoples’ and it is only fitting that they come together on Friday to give thanks for the assistance they received from the hands of visitors, who were the subject of the worst atrocities perpetrated on citizens by any European powers, manacled, exiled to the other end of the Planet and often flogged to death for minor slights to their vicious, criminal and also exiled guards who were paid in rum.
    See you there . G”)

  2. How many full blood indigenous people are protesting ?
    Mixed blood people owe these boat people they complain of for their very own existence .

  3. What wonderful considered and well-worded commentary. I say? I believe you have all changed my mind…(eye roll!) Anyway I am off to the courthouse now. Look forward to seeing you there and hearing you speak these sage ideas to the faces of the first people.

  4. British sovereignty was asserted when in August 1770 – not 1788 – when Cook, as he put it: “… now once more hoisted English Coulers and in the Name of His Majesty King George the Third took possession of the whole Eastern Coast…by the name New South Wales, together with all the Bays, Harbours Rivers and Islands situate upon the said coast.” The only previous act or claim of sovereignty over the area had been that of the Spanish under the Treaty of Saragossa in 1529.

    Australia Day does mark the arrival of settlers, the alienation of common land, and the start of the acceleration of the impact of diseases from outside already underway among the aboriginal population, but it also introduced English law – on 7 February 1788 with the reading and publication of Phillip’s Commission as Governor of the new colony – and that offered protections and opportunities to indigenous people, particularly woman and children.


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