Australia Day: honours, citizenship, protests, sport, Hottest 100 - as it happened

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That’s it from Guardian Australia’s live blog, but we’ve just launched a gallery showcasing how the nation marked the occasion, from parades to parklands, to protests around the country.

Head here to view our pick of the bunch.

Australia Day celebrations in Sydney, Australia.
Australia Day celebrations in Sydney, Australia. Photograph: Jonny Weeks/The Guardian


The predictions of the Tepid 100– a project by university student Ed Pitt, who parsed over 2000 ballots that were shared on Instagram after voting opened on January 7 – have ended up tantalisingly close to the real thing. Of his top six, five ended up in the #5-1 spots on the Hottest 100.

But instead of the top spot going to Kendrick Lamar’s ‘King Kunta’ – which would have made him the first artist of colour to lead a song to #1 of the Hottest 100 – it went to Australian rock band the Rubens, for their track Hoops. Their website has already crashed.

1. Hoops by The Rubens

Lamar’s King Kunta came in at #2 instead.

2. King Kunta by Kendrick Lamar

And here are #5-3, with Tame Impala sliding two more songs under the wire:

3. Lean On (Ft MØ/DJ Snake) by Major Lazer

4. The Less I Know the Better by Tame Impala

5. Let it Happen by Tame Impala

Triple J have now reached the top ten of Australia’s favourite songs, at least according to the not-entirely-representative sample who vote in their annual poll.

So far, out of 95 songs, 51 have been Australian with ten other countriese been represented. Courtney Barnett has had the most songs, with four, and Drake’s Hotline Bling has been responsible for the most self-conscious tweets.

Sighs audibly whilst also dancing and feeling guilty #hottest100

— Unseasoned Angela (@CaptainAngelo) January 26, 2016

Here’s #10-6:

6. The Trouble with Us by Marcus Marr and Chet Faker

7. Do You Remember by Jarryd James

8. The Buzz (Ft. Mataya/Young Tapz) by Hermitude

9. Can’t Feel my Face by The Weeknd

10. Magnets (Ft Lorde) by Disclosure


We’re now at that curly point of Triple J’s Hottest 100 countdown; the part where the real outrage begins.

The top 20 is the sweet spot for the pop/alternative crossover, which upsets half the listeners who wanted it to come in higher and the other half who can’t believe it got that far at all.

Only thing you can count on? Both parties will publicly refuse to ever listen again.

downtown only 18? lol bye #hottest100

— fairy floss (@antipantiloves) January 26, 2016

Annnnnd I've lost all respect for the #Hottest100. Damn I hate this song #Downtown

— Francesca Mann (@FrancescaMann_) January 26, 2016

Here’s #11-20. We are getting down to business.

11. Never Be by Meg Mac

12. You Were Right by RÜFÜS

13. Ocean Drive by Duke Dumont

14. Hotling Bling by Drake

15. Like Soda by Violent Soho

16. Fire And The Flood by Vance Joy

17. Middle (Ft. Bipolar Sunshine) by DJ Snake

18. Downtown (Ft Eric Nally/Melle Mel/Kool Moe Dee/Grandmaster Caz) by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

19. The Hills by The Weeknd

20. Mountain at My Gates by Foals


My earrings though!! How deadly are these? #invasiondaystyle #invasionday

— Leesa Watego (@leesawatego) January 26, 2016

Happy #AustraliaDay! Here's to celebrating the land of banter, barbies and @NickDUp2Speed 😁

— Leisha Chi (@LeishaChiBBC) January 26, 2016

Thousands attend Invasion Day protests

We’ve had numbers come in for the protests across the country for Australia Day. Organisers in a number of cities are saying it is the highest turn outs they have had in years.

In Sydney about 1,000 marched from the Block in Redfern to town hall,

I don’t mind Australia Day but they can have it on January 1... Because it is the day of what I call `the killing times’,” Ken Canning, from the Indigenous Social Justice Association, told AAP.

Hundreds of people marched on to Melbourne’s parliament while about 500 people protested at Tasmania’s parliament in Hobart.

In Brisbane hundreds chanted “always was, always will be, Aboriginal land,” as they marched through the CBD to Musgrave Park in South Brisbane.

The number of people marching in the Northern Territory, Perth and Canberra is expected to take the total number of protesters to more than 3,000 aross the country.

In their first official charity partnership, Triple J have teamed up with the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) for this year’s Hottest 100. AIME is a mentoring program which aims to help more Indigenous Australians finish high school; 93% of Indigenous students in the AIME program completed Year 12, they say, compared to the overall Indigenous rate of 59%.

The station are selling T-shirts and encouraging donations on-air and online, and calling on those hosting Hottest 100 gatherings to take gold coin donations for the cause.

So that’s nice. Also nice? Vallis Alps, a young duo (half Australian, half American) who put out their first EP last year – clocking up ten million plays before they’d played a live show – have debuted on the Hottest 100 at #27, and are probably losing their minds right now.

Here’s where we’re at from #21-30:

21. Magnolia by Gang of Youths

22. Keeping Score (Ft Paige IV) by L D R U

23. Embracing Me by SAFIA

24. Some Minds (Ft Andrew Wyatt) by Flume

25. Shine On by Amity Affliction

26. I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times) (Ft Young Thug/Popcaan) by Jamie xx

27. Young by Vallis Alps

28. Like An Animal by RÜFÜS

29. Greek Tragedy by the Wombats

30. Say My Name (Ft Benjamin Joseph) by Peking Duk

Melissa Davey signing off and handing over to Bridie Jabour.

I’ll leave you with this photo from NSW police, who haven’t let working on Australia Day stop them from taking some epic snaps.

Some great photos of the #NSW coast from PolAir 7 today #AustraliaDay

— NSW Police (@nswpolice) January 26, 2016

Check out this Pozible campaign to get cameleers like Monga Khan recognised.

The person behind the campaign, Peter Drew, writes;

“Help me stick up 1000 of these posters across Australia. The man in this poster is Monga Khan who lived and worked in Australia as a Cameleer. He was one of thousands of people who applied for exemptions to the White Australia Policy.

Cameleers were granted exemptions because their work was essential to the Australian economy. For 70 years they played a crucial role... I’d like to celebrate their contribution to Australia.”

#MongaKhan Afghan Cameleer #RealAussie brilliant! @PeterDrewArts Thanks for sharing @masizaki_

— Mina Zaki (@minazzaki) January 25, 2016

Kendrick Lamar has entered the Hottest 100 poll with his track Alright, from his critically acclaimed third album To Pimp a Butterfly.

This song, Triple J reminds us, has been an unofficial anthem of the #blacklivesmatter movement; the album it came from was described in the Guardian as “a visceral outpouring of this pain, which, in some cases, provided the language in which to fight back.”

This won’t be the last we’ll hear from Lamar today. He’s a favourite for the top ten, according to both the bookies and the number crunchers; meanwhile, university student Ed Pitt’s project the Tepid 100, which compiled the 2,064 ballots that were shared on Instagram from the moment voting began on January 7, predicts King Kunta will win.

If it does, Lamar will be the first black American to hit the top spot.

In a surprise twist for those who get surprised by this kind of thing, Florence + the Machine’s big song of 2015, Ship to Wreck, featured a few spots lower than Delilah; Delilah also beat out Florence’s two-time Grammy-nominated track What Kind of Man, which came in at #70.

31. Loud Places (Ft Romy) by Jamie xx

32. Leave a Trace by CHVRCHES

33. Long Loud Hours (Ft Bertie Blackman) by Urthboy

34. Eventually by Tame Impala

35. Counting Sheep by SAFIA

36. All My Friends (Ft Tinashe/Chance the Rapper) by Snakehips

37. Alright by Kendrick Lamar

38. Delilah by Florence + the Machine

39. Swear Jar by Illy

40. Ship to Wreck by Florence + the Machine


From Slim Dusty to the Drones, music writer Andy Hazel takes us around Australia in 12 classic songs. Number 7 will shock you! [not really].

Read his full list here.

Hello from Melbourne, Melissa Davey with you here.

I’ll start with news from an important Australian sporting contest.

From AAP:

What do Crawline Hanson, Ita Buttroach and Alfred Hitcocky have in common?

They have all enjoyed celebrity status on Australia Day by crawling into the hall of fame for one of Brisbane’s most dinky di institutions.

The Story Bridge Hotel cockroach races celebrated 35 years on Tuesday and Don’t Blush Baby was the first across the line in a win far less controversial than cricket star Chris Gayle’s post-match interview.

Maybe that’s because the cocky’s buyer, Irishman Mark Alcorn, had warned him to be wary of the girls.

“I said, look you know, don’t be distracted with all the bar girls, all the draught ... it’s a big occasion for you but you just stay focused, stick to the plan, you got this,” Mr Alcorn said after the win.

It was the first of 14 races at the Kangaroo Point establishment, which had thousands of Aussie Day revellers visit throughout the afternoon.

Lucky beginner takes out win at #Brisbane's annual #AustraliaDay cockroach race #ozdayABC

— ABC News Brisbane (@ABCNewsBrisbane) January 26, 2016

Cockroach MC Damian Burke said the event had grown in popularity since originating as a way to settle some river rivalry many years ago.

“It started in 1982 when someone in Bulimba thought the cockroaches there were faster than the ones at Kangaroo Point,” he told AAP.

“So we thought we have to have a race to sort this out. Kangaroo Point was the clear winner.”

At the start of each race, a container full of marked cockroaches are spilled onto a mat with the first to crawl out of the circle declared the winner.

Patrons can buy a cocky to enter into the races, with some 560 of the crawlies kept in containers at the back of the stewards’ tent.

They are sourced from a university laboratory, and while some are recaptured, where the rest end up is anyone’s guess.

But it’s all for a good cause.

“As the years have gone by we’ve raised over $500,000 for charities,” Mr Burke said.


That’s it from me for today, I’ll leave you in the capable hands of Melissa Davey in Melbourne. Below are some great pictures from Sydney’s Yabun Festival.

Our Torres Strait Island brothers and sisters on the Corroboree Ground at #yabun2016

— Yabun Festival (@YabunFestival) January 26, 2016

#yabun2016 #indigenousx

— Yabun Festival (@YabunFestival) January 26, 2016

From AAP:

A man will face court after an Australian flag was set on fire outside a far north Queensland RSL.

Police say the 43-year-old set the flag alight in front of people celebrating Australia Day near the cenotaph on the busy Cairns Esplanade.

He’s been charged with public nuisance and will face the Cairns Magistrates Court on February 10.

Another fantastic pic from the many popping up on social media from today. Do you have more? Tag @guardianaus on Instagram.


Bring Me The Horizon have made their third showing in the Hottest 100, as Courtney Barnett’s fourth song, Pedestrian At Best – her best bet for the top twenty – enters the poll, lower than most of her fans were hoping for.
Still, four songs out of a hundred is not a bad effort.

Courtney Barnett to be the first person to have every song on their album in the #hottest100

— brad esposito (@braddybb) January 26, 2016

“When we were making the album it was one of the last songs I came up with and kinda wrote the lyrics really quickly on the floor,” she told Triple J, with that same lackadaisical air for which she’s known.

“But it all kinda came together.”

It’s been a big year for Barnett, whose debut album won the J Award and wound up on best-of lists the world over; she was nominated for a Grammy, toured the world, and made an appearance on Ellen too.

“I tend to look at the smaller picture a bit more,” she told Guardian Australia this month.

“We’ve done so much travel and crazy stuff in the last couple of years, but I’m still trying to write a good song, trying to draw a good picture. I’m pretty basic, I guess.”

41. Puppet Theatre (Ft Peter Bjorn & John) by Claptone

42. Hold Me Down by Halsey

43. Pedestrian At Best by Courtney Barnett

44. Something About You by Hayden James

45. Throne by Bring Me The Horizon

46. Go (Ft Q-Tip) by The Chemical Brothers

47. Dynamite (Ft Allday) by Asta

48. Crushed by Parkway Drive

49. Too Much Time Together by San Cisco

50. Deception Bay by BOO SEEKA

Western Australia’s Colin Barnett, the only Australian premier or chief minister not to sign a letter calling for a republic, reckons we should wait another 10 years.

Barnett refused to sign because he didn’t want to suggest his views reflected the views of Western Australians and the declaration was like a petition, AAP reports.

“I didn’t think it was appropriate as a premier of Western Australia to take my own views and then suggest that represents Western Australia,” he told reporters at an Australia Day event on Tuesday.

Mr Barnett brushed off the suggestion that his decision had anything to do with the opening of Elizabeth Quay later this week.

“We had a referendum, I supported the republic publicly during that period, but the Australian people voted and they voted against that, so I respect their decision and I don’t think we should rush back into that debate,” he said.

A reasonable passage of time would be 25 years, so the debate should happen again in about 10 years, the premier said.

“I’ve got no doubt Australia will become a republic.”

Mr Barnett said the Australian flag was a separate issue but he supported the current flag.

How to solve Sydney’s traffic problems, or Australia Day Billy Kart racing in Kensington.

Locals compete in a Billy Kart race on Macauley Road, Kensington on January 26, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. Australia Day, formerly known as Foundation Day, is the official national day of Australia and is celebrated annually on January 26 to commemorate the arrival of the First Fleet to Sydney in 1788.
Locals compete in a Billy Kart race on Macauley Road, Kensington on January 26, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. Australia Day, formerly known as Foundation Day, is the official national day of Australia and is celebrated annually on January 26 to commemorate the arrival of the First Fleet to Sydney in 1788. Photograph: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Who’s in the mood for a Hottest 100 controversy? It’s been at least five minutes since the last, I’m sure.

This one comes courtesy of Twitter via the Daily Mail, and features Australian musician Chet Faker who had three songs in last year’s top 10, including the number one.

Erin Riley tweeted yesterday, making (imho) a valid point about diversity in the Hottest 100 in a pretty entertaining way.

Vance Joy and Chet Faker went to school together, which means the Hottest 100 has had more winners from St Kevin's Toorak than women

— Erin Riley (@erinrileyau) January 25, 2016

It was not taken in the spirit intended. Unfortunately Chet Faker seems to have missed the point and instead defended his private school education.

These are the tweets Chet Faker deleted, and my replies:

— Erin Riley (@erinrileyau) January 25, 2016

The result was an onslaught of arguments and hostility on Twitter, and today, a Daily Mail write-up.

If you want to read more about the lack of female representation in the Hottest 100, head here or here or here, or to one of the 262,000 search results offered by Google.

We’re now at the halfway mark of the Hottest 100, and it’s been a strong showing from homegrown acts, with 25 of the first 50 tracks by Australian artists.

Triple J are gently reminding their older listeners that the Double J digital station exists as a sanctuary – and it’s a particularly apt promo to drop before #58, featuring Parkway Drive and a whole lot of yelling.

When you're listening to the #Hottest100 and a metal song comes on

— clexa trash (@lernjergiswife) January 26, 2016

Please let this be the only yelly yelly song #hottest100

— toilet sparkle (@rainbow_bryte) January 26, 2016

According to Triple J, this year’s Hottest 100 features the highest average beats-per-minute of all time, at 123 BPMs.

51. Clearest Blue by CHVRCHES

52. Cream on Chrome by Ratatat

53. Monday by Matt Corby

54. Working for It by Zhu x Skrillex x THEY

55. Multilove by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

56. Alive by Sia

57. Foolish by Alpine

58. Vice Grip by Parkway Drive

59. Run by Alison Wonderland

60. Kamikaze by MØ

Hello everyone, Helen Davidson here in Darwin to take you through the next hour or so. Thanks to Calla, and not just for the Chris Hemsworth News Update.

Unfortunately I can’t offer you croc related Australia Day activities (an egregious oversight by the NT government and local publicans), but I can give you the next best thing - cockroach races!

Apparently in Brisbane cockroaches are favoured a little more than they are in Sydney’s infested suburbs.

Owner of the Story Bridge Hotel Richard Deery told the ABC the event - now in its 35th year - was typically Australian.

“It lets everyone become an owner, from the youngest to the oldest. They can all be an owner of a thoroughbred,” he said.

Lucky beginner takes out win at #Brisbane's annual #AustraliaDay cockroach race #ozdayABC

— ABC News Brisbane (@ABCNewsBrisbane) January 26, 2016

For those seeking some variety in their wholesome family quiz time/public holiday drinking game, Patrick Keneally has put together an Australia Day quiz that does not ask you for Don Bradman’s batting average but does ask which of Windradyne, Yagan, Pemulwuy, and Jandamarra led the earliest resistance to European occupation.

You can find it here. No cheating.

I’m going to hand over to my colleague Helen Davidson now, who is fresh from accidentally joining in the Darwin Ute run.

Oops accidentally joined the ute run

— Helen Davidson (@heldavidson) January 26, 2016

(Yes, we posted that tweet earlier, but it’s still great).


In other rather more important news, Tasmania fire service has issued an emergency warning for residents of Perth, in northern Tasmania.

There’s an out-of-control bushfire at Drummond Street, just outside the town. Homes in Drummond Street, Cemetery Road, Napoleon Street and Crommwell Street are at “high risk”.

More than 70 bushfires have been burning in Tasmania for the past week, and the smoke has made it across the Bass Strait to Melbourne. Conservationists have warned that vegetation loss from the fire is causing the worst crisis Tasmania’s world heritage forests have faced in decades.


The title of Tame Impala’s first song in this year’s Hottest 100, ‘Cause I’m A Man, at #61, works as the perfect segue for a quick post about gender.

By our count, of the first 40 songs featured in the 2016 poll, 17 feature female vocalists. According to Triple J commentator Patrick Avenell, the record of female vocals featured in the Hottest 100 is 26, so we’re more than halfway there (although it’s important to remember that when a woman’s vocal features on a track, it doesn’t necessarily mean she’s getting paid for it).

According to an in-depth piece published by BuzzFeed today, the record of women featuring in the Hottest 100 as vocalists or band members is 34, in 2012. Only three bands featuring female artists have won the Hottest 100 (The Cranberries, Angus & Julia Stone and Spiderbait), but no solo female artist has ever won.

And if Triple J trivia is your thing, head to my colleague Nick Evershed’s relentlessly endless Hottest 100 quiz: the perfect barbecue game to play during the snoozy songs.

61. ‘Cause I’m a Man by Tame Impala

62. Omen (ft Sam Smith) by Disclosure

63. Walk the Wire by Boy & Bear

64. L$D by A$AP Rocky

65. Don’t Wanna Fight by Alabama Shakes

66. M.O.B. by Tkay Maidza

67. Give Me a Try by The Wombats

68. Shutdown by Skepta

69. Forces (ft Airling) by Japanese Wallpaper

70. What Kind of Man by Florence + the Machine


It wouldn’t be Australia Day without a Hemsworth, so here’s Chris (that would be Thor, not Hunger Games Hemsworth or the other one) who last week was named global ambassador for Tourism Australia.

The fruits of that union, a three-minute ad with Hemsworthian narration, was launched at an Australia Day do in New York. But Chris Hemsworth’s actual face is not in it because, according to Tourism Australia managing director John O’Sullivan, he’s just too gosh-darn handsome and would be a distraction.

I may be paraphrasing a bit. Here’s O’Sullivan, from

There’s Nothing Like Australia has always been very much about Australia being the hero and telling the country’s story.

We felt Chris and his voiceover would provide the perfect complement – an authentic and influential voice to help tell the story.

Hemsworth, who moved to Byron Bay, said he was proud to take on the role:

It’s a pretty special feeling knowing that I will have a role in promoting my country to the world and encouraging more people to come down under and experience our amazing beaches and landscapes for themselves.

Feeling proud to be an ambassador for my home country @Australia, especially with views like this! #SeeAustralia

— Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) January 25, 2016

The foreign affairs minister, Julie Bishop, was also at the launch, which means we have this photo from the red carpet.

Julie Bishop and Chris Hemsworth at the “There’s Nothing Like Australia” campaign launch in New York.
Julie Bishop and Chris Hemsworth at the “There’s Nothing Like Australia” campaign launch in New York. Photograph: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images


While we’re reflecting on Australia Day and 228 years of European occupation – or settlement, if you prefer – let’s take a look at Wilcannia, in western New South Wales.

The town, which is on Barkindji land, is one of Australia’s most disadvantaged communities. Photojournalist David Maurice Smith visited recently and produced this photo essay of a community where, he writes, the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal life-expectancy has widened to a chasm.

You can see his photoessay here.


Traditional Indigenous dancers performed the WugulOra Morning Ceremony at Walumil Lawn at Barangaroo Reserve this morning.

Aboriginal dancers perform the WugulOra Morning Ceremony at Walumil Lawn at Barangaroo Reserve as part of Australia Day celebrations in Sydney, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016.
Aboriginal dancers perform the WugulOra Morning Ceremony at Walumil Lawn at Barangaroo Reserve as part of Australia Day celebrations in Sydney, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016.
Aboriginal dancers perform the WugulOra Morning Ceremony at Walumil Lawn at Barangaroo Reserve as part of Australia Day celebrations in Sydney, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins) NO ARCHIVING Photograph: Dean Lewins/AAP
Traditional Aboriginal dancers perform a ceremony on Australia Day in Sydney, Australia
Traditional Aboriginal dancers perform a ceremony on Australia Day in Sydney, Australia Photograph: Rob Griffith/AP

To Western Australia now, where the first Syrian family settled in Australia after the former prime minister, Tony Abbott, announced in September that Australia would accept 12,000 refugees has apparently enjoyed a barbecue.

The family of five arrived in Perth in November.

According to AAP, Bashar Kujah, his wife Khawlah, and children Mohammad, 8, Maryam, 7, Ahmad, 3, and newborn Abdullah, whose impending birth caused authorities to settle the family earlier than the original arrival date of just after Christmas, attended a community barbecue in Bayswater.

They spoke to reporters through an interpreter. This is from AAP:

They’re very happy and they feel that they’ve come to a great country and they feel among family and friends here.”

Kujah hoped other relatives would eventually be able to come to Australia.

His wife thanked everyone who helped them settle into their Yokine home and said she was so happy her youngest child was born in Australia.

“She’s very happy, very pleased that he was born here in Australia so he’s now officially an Australian citizen,” the interpreter said.

“She’s just absolutely thrilled that he had a chance to be born here.”


Sydney harbour has been a hive of festivities this morning with a fly-by, music, a citizenship ceremony and a “barge ballet”.

Australia Day celebrations in Sydney, Australia, January 26, 2016. Photo by Jonny Weeks for The Guardian.
A fly-by over Sydney harbour.
Australia Day celebrations in Sydney, Australia, January 26, 2016. Photo by Jonny Weeks for The Guardian.
Australia Day celebrations in Sydney, Australia, January 26, 2016. Photo by Jonny Weeks for The Guardian.
Australia Day celebrations in Sydney, Australia, January 26, 2016. Photo by Jonny Weeks for The Guardian.
Australia Day celebrations in Sydney, Australia, January 26, 2016. Photo by Jonny Weeks for The Guardian.
Australia Day celebrations in Sydney, Australia, January 26, 2016. Photo by Jonny Weeks for The Guardian.


Never one to miss an opportunity for a festive tie-in, Uber is marking Australia Day by delivering cricket umpires (pending availability) to oversee backyard cricket matches. The promotion is in collaboration with umpire Billy Bowden and Optus, and runs until 3pm.
“If available, your UberUMPIRE will make their way to your backyard cricket match to oversee your game for up to 30 minutes.”
As potentially awkward as that sounds, Twitter users at least seem to have embraced the promotion.

So we've fully embraced the sharing economy by getting an @Uber_Sydney #UberUMPIRE

— Thomas Shanahan (@acsthomas) January 26, 2016

So Uber showed up with an umpire! #UberUMPIRE

— Matthew Forster (@fozzman28) January 26, 2016

Happy Australia Day! #UberUmpire #backyardcricket

— Sarah McIntyre (@brightinbound) January 26, 2016

We’re now more than a quarter of the way into the Hottest 100, and Courtney Barnett has already clocked up her third entry with Elevator Operator, leaving some fans worried she may be peaking too soon.

British India are celebrating Hottest 100 at a bar in Brunswick, and just heard their track Suddenly come on at #76. “This is our eighth time being in [the Hottest 100]. Every time we are just as nervous and humbled,” they told the Guardian.

Congrats @britishindia on #76 in the @triple_j #hottest100! No better way to celebrate tha…

— SAM SIDNEY (@stylepaws) January 26, 2016

PNG-born singer Ngaiire has made her solo debut in the countdown, and spoke to Linda Marigliano and Zan Rowe from Yabun festival in Camperdown. “It’s a really beautiful festival that happens every year in Australia,” she said. “It’s important to remember Australia has a black history as well.”

71. Flesh without Blood by Grimes

72. Anchor by Birds of Tokyo

73. Once by Ngaiire

74. Powerful( Ft. Ellie Goulding/Tarrus Riley) by Major Lazer

75. Elevator Operator by Courtney Barnett

76. Suddenly by British India

77. Lay Down by DMA’s

78. Weathered by Jack Garratt

79. Wolves by the Cat Empire

80. Everyday (Ft. Rod Stewart/Miguel/Mark Ronson) – A$AP Rocky


Afternoon all. I’m picking up our live coverage of Australia Day/Survival Day for now.

Let’s start with a very Australian occurrence: Neil Mitchell is angry. Specifically, he is angry about the proliferation of graffiti and signs in the Melbourne CBD declaring today Invasion Day and saying Australia is “celebrating 228 years of genocide”.

The talkback radio host objected, saying: “It’s nonsense and it’s offensive.”

You can read more about his objections here, although he doesn’t really expand the point.

I’ve just come from Melbourne’s Invasion Day march and while it would have been difficult to hear much objection over the sound of thousands of people chanting “Always was, always will be Aboriginal land,” no one much seemed offended.

Australia Day parade crowd hung around to watch the #InvasionDay march. People in 🇦🇺 tattoos are clapping.

— Calla Wahlquist (@callapilla) January 26, 2016

Pekeri Ruska, a Goenpul woman from Stradbroke Island and the current host of @IndigenousX, has written about her experience of Invasion Day for The Guardian:

But for now, I am angry. I see red. My blood boils. And as I head to my favourite beach on my beautiful island home to write this article, a convoy of patriotic tourists flying Australian flags bigger then their windscreens are bogged in the soft sand of Stradbroke Island. The family members stand on the sand dunes, drinking beer, cheering the drivers on as they rip up the dunes as a form of entertainment.

Australia still has a long way to go.

You can read her full piece here.



My colleague Nick Evershed has just published his hotly anticipated never-ending Hottest 100 quiz.

This quiz is, as the name suggests, an infinite series of variations on possible questions about Hottest 100 countdowns from 1993 to 2014.

Here’s how it works:

Which artist had a top 5 track in the 1993 Hottest 100 that started with the following lyrics: “All I can say is that my life is pretty plain.”

With the annual Triple J countdown on today, our data and interactives editor Nick Evershed has built a quiz that will test your music knowledge to the limits.

This quiz features randomised questions dynamically generated from Hottest 100 data between 1993 and 2014, so you can continue adding question after question.

Check it out here.


My colleague Calla Wahlquist has been on the ground in Melbourne at the Invasion Day parade. Here’s a short dispatch:

Faced with a wall of protesters, the police turned aside. Several hundred people were marching down Melbourne’s Bourke Street mall in the name of Invasion Day, and they had reached the barricades set up for the official Australia Day parade.

The march, which began at Parliament House in Spring Street, now stretched back almost two city blocks. The police line inched back, then stood aside. For the third time in 12 months a protest about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights stopped traffic in the Melbourne CBD. Crowds wearing Australian flag tattoos remained on the barricades to watch the new parade go by, to the chant of: “Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.”

Flowers for a memorial were left on the steps of Parliament House and the chant turned to “no pride in genocide”. One marcher, who took part in previous Invasion Day marches, said the crowd was twice that of last year. Not everyone was supportive.

A lone angry white man, resolutely standing at a barricade as the rest of the fence was dismantled around him, punctuated every cry of “Always was, always will be” with “Crap! It’s all bullshit, everyone came from somewhere.” A slew of police officers sidled up and stood within grabbing distance as the crowd treated him to his own personal chant.

On the other side of the barrier, among a thicket of protest signs, a white man who looked to be in his 90s took a selfie with a young Aboriginal woman.” Here,” she said, wrapping an Aboriginal flag around his green-and-gold get-up. “Let’s cover that up. So will you be marching with us from now on? It’s better on this side,” she asked. Yes, he agreed. It was.

The #InvasionDay march has reached Federation Square.

— Calla Wahlquist (@callapilla) January 26, 2016

And now we're heading down Swanston. Police moved aside again. #InvasionDay

— Calla Wahlquist (@callapilla) January 26, 2016


Triple J called Purity Ring lead singer Megan James while she was walking to her van in Hollywood. Their song, Begin Again, bagged No 87 on the station’s Hottest 100 list.

“It’s one of my favourite songs on the record,” she said. When asked how she was going to celebrate their Hottest 100 entry she added: “I’m going to go home and make some dinner.”

Don’t get too excited, Megan!

Catch the duo at Laneway festival, which kicks off 30 January and tours the country until 14 February.

In other Hottest 100 countdown news, Courtney Barnett and Flight Facilities have become the first acts to both nab two spots in the 2016 list. This fun fact by Triple J’s Home and Hosed host Dom Alessio:

.@FlightFac have featured in every #Hottest100 since 2010. That's a 6 year stretch. But @TheLivingEndaus hold the record: 10 years (97-06).

— Dom Alessio (@domalessio) January 26, 2016

81. Angus and Julia Stone’s Big Jet Plane (Triple J Like A Version) by Tuka

82. Depreston by Courtney Barnett

83. Down to Earth by Flight Facilities

84. DMA’s Delete (Triple J Like A Version) by Sticky Fingers

85. Heart Attack feat Owl Eyes by Flight Facilities

86. Happy Song by Bring Me the Horizon

87. Begin Again by Purity Ring

88. Party Machine by the Bennies

89. High By the Beach by Lana Del Rey

90. Gemini feat George Maple by What So Not


This would have been a rather grisly discovery for some picnickers in Melbourne. AAP filed this report a short time ago:

A kangaroo has been decapitated and its head left on a barbecue plate at a popular picnic area in Melbourne.

Police say the kangaroo and a skinned rabbit were found at the Diamond creek walking trail picnic site about 8.20am on Tuesday, Australia Day.

When police arrived, they found the head of the kangaroo on a barbecue plate. The body was about 60 metres away, a Victoria police spokeswoman, Leading Sen Const Lee Thomson said.

A witness, Michael, told 3AW he was jogging when he came upon the terrible sight.

“I was just at the jogging track and there’s about 10 police here. Kids have put the kangaroo on a public barbecue and have turned it on,” he said.

“There’s a lot of families here. Police have covered it up in plastic because there’s a lot of kids around.”

Police are asking anyone with information to come forward.


Potentially the biggest Australia Day event in Darwin, the Ute Run attracts hundreds of decked-out vehicles to cruise the streets. A large number of spectators line the streets in camp chairs, ute trays, on picnic rugs, waving as the convoy drives past. It’s been run for 14 years and raises money for Variety NT.

It’s hot and sweaty on the race track and there are more stubbie shorts and singlets than you could poke a mullet at.

Most are decorated in Australian flags but others have made more of an effort.

The owner of the Camel car, Jimmy Doyle, says it’s done six Variety bashes and raised about $130,000. Underneath the fur is a 1985 ZL Fairlane, which “hasn’t missed a beat, hasn’t even had a flat tyre” on the long journeys.

“You haven’t lived till you’ve been on a Variety Bash, and the week after you don’t want to live until your liver sorts itself out,” he tells Guardian Australia.

Doyle is also a Variety NT board member and chair of the grants committee. “I get to give the money away which is probably the best second job in the cosmos.”

Oops accidentally joined the ute run

— Helen Davidson (@heldavidson) January 26, 2016

Cooper, Mia, and dad Brendan on their 4th Darwin Ute Run. All big fans of Russell Coight's All Aussie Adventures

— Helen Davidson (@heldavidson) January 26, 2016

Camel Car detail #australiaDay #Uterun in Darwin

— Helen Davidson (@heldavidson) January 26, 2016

Darren, Sarah, and Blake with the Bog Master. #AustraliaDay #uterun in Darwin

— Helen Davidson (@heldavidson) January 26, 2016


Guardian Australia’s photographer Mike Bowers has been taking some fantastic pictures from Sydney harbour and the Australia Day events. Here’s a selection.

The RAAF conducts a fly past during Australia Day activities around Circular Quay, Sydney.
The RAAF conducts a fly past during Australia Day activities around Circular Quay, Sydney. Photograph: Mike Bowers/The Guardian
Australia Day activities around Circular Quay, Sydney.
Australia Day activities around Circular Quay, Sydney. Photograph: Mike Bowers/The Guardian
Australia Day celebrants around Circular Quay.
Australia Day celebrants around Circular Quay. Photograph: Mike Bowers/The Guardian
Sydney Harbour Bridge climbers watch the ferry race.
Sydney Harbour Bridge climbers watch the ferry race. Photograph: Mike Bowers/The Guardian


In Queensland there’s also quite an extensive rally being held by activists and protesters in support of Indigenous land rights. AAP reports:

A large crowd of Aboriginal activists and supporters has rallied outside Queensland’s Parliament House in a protest against Invasion Day.

The crowd gathered outside the entrance of state parliament to express opposition to the celebration of the national day on 26 January, and hear speeches on forced removal of children, racial discrimination and the destruction of traditional lands.

“Always was, always will be, Aboriginal land,” they chanted, ahead of a march through the Brisbane CBD en route to Musgrave park.


Pop singer Jessica Mauboy sang a powerful and unique version of the Australian national anthem, Advance Australia Fair, this morning.

Standing on the Sydney Harbour Bridge Mauboy sang the anthem in an Indigenous language first, then in English.


In the world of sport my colleague Mike Hytner has asked me to remind readers that Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova have just started their Australian Open quarter-final. You can read our live coverage of all things sporting today on this live blog.

Paul Connolly has also written a longer piece on the Australian sporting honours list:

Such are the accomplishments of Australia’s best ever male tennis player that if there’s any surprise at Rod Laver being appointed a Companion (AC) of the Order of Australia it’s that he hadn’t already received the honour.

Made a Member of the British Empire in 1970 – a year after he won all four grand slam tournaments in the same calendar year for the second time – Laver, 77, was one of just 10 recipients of the top honour, recognised for his “eminent service to tennis as a player, representative and mentor, at the national and international level, and as a role model for young sportsmen and women”.

Born in Rockhampton, Queensland, the left-handed Laver, nicknamed “Rocket”, won 11 grand slam singles titles – and contributed to six doubles titles, three mixed doubles titles and five Davis Cup titles – despite being banned from amateur tennis, including grand slam events, between 1963 and 1968 for turning professional. When professionalism was embraced in 1968, Laver added five grand slam singles titles to the six he won before 1963.

You can read the rest of his piece here.


Ten songs have dropped off the Triple J Hottest 100 conveyer belt. Courtney Barnett gets her first look in with Nobody Really Cares if you Don’t Go to the Party at No 95. It certainly won’t be the last we see of the Melbourne singer-songwriter. Can she top last year’s Triple J man of the year, Chet Faker, who had four tracks in the top 25 including the top spot with Talk is Cheap?

91. Be Your Shadow by the Wombats

92. No One feat Thelma Plum by Golden Features

93. Indian Summer by Jai Wolf

94. Ghost by Halsey

95. Nobody Really Cares if you Don’t Go to the Party by Courtney Barnett

96. Rumour Mill feat Anne-Marie/Will Heard by Rudimental

97. Twilight Driving by Methyl Ethel

98. Be Together feat Wild Belle by Major Lazer

99. Bring Me the Horizon by True Friends

100. Hell Boy by Seth Sentry


Good afternoon, I’m picking up our live coverage of Australia Day here for a spell.

In Sydney the Invasion Day march has arrived at Australia House. The march picked up quite impressively as it wound through the city, and there are a lot of great images that have been popping up.

There are some really powerful stories being told by the speakers – here’s a selection of a few videos and images.

Female speaker talking about being maltreated by Fairfield police #DayOfMourning

— Alex McKinnon (@mckinnon_a) January 26, 2016

This is OUR Australia. Cnr of George and Goulburn streets right now. #invasionday #AustraliaDay #auspol

— James Breko Brechney (@breko) January 26, 2016

"228 years it's been too long. But still we stand here, black & strong" #dayofmourning #survivalday

— Eliza Berlage (@verbaliza) January 26, 2016

There’s also been considerable disquiet about the extent that police are filming the rally. It’s now become an increasingly common practice for NSW police to film rallies and protests. In some cases the footage has been subsequently used as evidence in prosecutions, often for offensive language or behaviour when protests become more heated.

Ashamed by police & policy to surveil people assembling as if they were criminals #AustraliaDay #invasionday

— Luke Bacon (@equivalentideas) January 26, 2016


The Hottest 100 countdown began with an acknowledgement of country, the first time that’s been done in any Triple J broadcast in memory:

As part of our commitment to reconciliation and equality, we believe January 26 should be inclusive, meaningful and respectful to all Australians, so we take this moment to commemorate Australia’s First Peoples.

Triple J acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia and recognises their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to elders both past and present.


Helen Davidson, my colleague in the Northern Territory, seems to be having a lively time at the Darwin ute run. She’ll be filing more soon – she’s currently trapped in her parking spot by 200 vehicles – but in the meantime, here’s a taster care of Twitter.

If you're wondering how sales of Stubbies hold up you only need to check out the Darwin #AustraliaDay ute run.

— Helen Davidson (@heldavidson) January 26, 2016

The Camel Car has raised almost $130k for Variety in the last 6 years. Yes it's furry. #AustraliaDay Darwin ute run

— Helen Davidson (@heldavidson) January 26, 2016

"That goes for some of the bogans I can see from here too." #AustraliaDay

— Helen Davidson (@heldavidson) January 26, 2016

— Helen Davidson (@heldavidson) January 26, 2016

The friendly guy from the Patriots Motorcycle Club told me to park here. Maybe he's not a fan of the guardian.

— Helen Davidson (@heldavidson) January 26, 2016


Members of the Ahmadi movement of Islam are popping up at Australia Day ceremonies around the country, handing out pamphlets that read “Muslims for loyalty”, and carrying out their own flag-hoisting ceremonies at mosques in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide.

This is Ahmadiyya Muslim Association Australia member Noor Islam. He's handing out #MuslimsForLoyalty pamphlets.

— Calla Wahlquist (@callapilla) January 26, 2016

By way of context, the Ahmadiyya are neither Sunni nor Shia, and in fact are considered heretical by some orthodox Muslims. The movement sprang up around 1889 in what was then British-controlled India, its leader Mirza Ghulam Ahmad proclaiming himself a divine reformer and prophet. That claim is rejected by most Muslims, who consider Muhammad the last prophet, and Ahmadis have faced persecution, both legal and by vigilantes, in places such as Pakistan, Indonesia and Iran.

"This is what this country needs" -Australian of the year David Morrison with a group promoting Muslims for Loyalty

— Charles Croucher (@ccroucher9) January 26, 2016

They have faced no such trouble in Australia where the 3,000-strong community is thriving and has made itself a fixture at events such as Clean Up Australia Day. Ahmadis were also prominent in the aftermath of the 2014 Sydney siege, when they descended on Martin Place in “Muslims for Peace” shirts.

(Incidentally, the siege gunman, Man Haron Monis, told Australian immigration authorities he had become an Ahmadiyya Muslim in Iran, and consequently feared for his life. He received a refugee visa after making the claim – investigators say it was almost certainly a lie.)


Malcolm Turnbull: no politician can make Australia a republic

Malcolm Turnbull says the next push for a republic in Australia must come from a grassroots movement rather than be driven by politicians, or the campaign will end in another “heroic defeat”.

The prime minister, an avowed republican, was speaking after hosting an Australia Day citizenship ceremony in Canberra.

The Australian Republican Movement has sought to build momentum by publishing a pro-republic open letter from all premiers and chief ministers (except Western Australia’s Colin Barnett). The new Australian of the Year, David Morrison, has also pledged support for constitutional change.

Turnbull said he welcomed the additional voices of support, but said the push for a republic must be shown to be a genuinely popular movement.

“No politician, no prime minister or opposition leader or premier can make Australia a republic. Only the Australian people can do that through a referendum.

There needs to be very strong popular momentum for a change. There has to be a sense that the time is right. There are many more urgent issues confronting Australia, and indeed confronting the government, than the momentum or the desire for Australia to become a republic.

Turnbull said the next referendum should held after the end of the Queen’s reign to have the best chance of succeeding.

“To get momentum ... it needs to have grassroots support. It is not something that a government can just do, even if it wanted to.”


3, 2, 1 ... the Hottest 100 gets under way

Triple J’s annual Hottest 100 countdown – for many fans of Powderfinger and Muse, a highlight of the national day – is getting under way across Australia.

In typical millennial fashion (I’m assuming, in typical millennial fashion), plenty of people left it until the last minute to cast their votes, with Triple J reporting a “huge swell of traffic” to its website on Friday before the competition closed.

More than 2m votes were cast by nearly 300,000 voters from 172 countries. “That’s HEAPS,” said Triple J in a press release, “after spending the weekend crunching numbers.”

Here are some of the findings of its stats-a-thon:

  • 2,094,350 votes cast by 298,851 voters from 172 countries
  • More than 16,000 songs voted for
  • 54% of the songs in the Hottest 100 from Australian artists
  • 26 Hottest 100 debutantes
  • Average beats per minute 123, compared with 121 in 2014 and 116 in 2013

Triple J also congratulated listeners on the “number of successful troll campaigns ... [and] songs disqualified” (“zero”) this year, a definitely-not-bitter reference to the #Tay4Hottest100 unpleasantness that marred 2015’s competition.

(There were actually tentative moves to get Justin Bieber recognised in the countdown, the legalities of which were discussed at length in this pun- and quotation mark-heavy blog post.)

There are several ways to follow the countdown:

You can turn on your radio, tune into ‘Triple J’ on your digital radio, stream via the Triple J website or listen through the Triple J iPhone app and the ABC radio Android app. Plus you can follow us on social media as we update the Hottest 100 songs, give you a look behind the scenes and highlight the best Hottest 100 parties throughout the day on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,YouTube, Spotify and you can find us on Snapchat at triplejsnaps.

And here’s the blooper reel of its star-studded Hottest 100 trailer.

The blooper reel of TripleJ’s star-studded Hottest 100 trailer.


There are plenty of ways Sydney residents are marking Australia Day, only some of which involve merchandise with Australian flags on it. Our picture editor Jonny Weeks has been out and about seeing if he can spot anyone who doesn’t have a flag.

Australia Day celebrations in Sydney, Australia, January 26, 2016. Photo by Jonny Weeks for The Guardian.
Australia Day celebrations in Sydney, Australia, January 26, 2016. Photo by Jonny Weeks for The Guardian.
Australia Day celebrations in Sydney, Australia, January 26, 2016. Photo by Jonny Weeks for The Guardian.
Australia Day celebrations in Sydney, Australia, January 26, 2016. Photo by Jonny Weeks for The Guardian.
A citizenship ceremony in the harbour during Australia Day celebrations in Sydney, Australia, January 26, 2016. Photo by Jonny Weeks for The Guardian.
Australia Day celebrations in Sydney, Australia, January 26, 2016. Photo by Jonny Weeks for The Guardian.


The 2016 Australian of the Year, David Morrison, has spoken out about religious discrimination faced by the Islamic community in Australia, one day after receiving the top honour.

“When everyone gets a chance to reach their potential, we as a society can reach our potential,” he said in an interview with ABC 24.

Australian of the Year David Morrison intends to push for a ‘fair go’ for everyone.

Morrison’s profile rose in 2013 after his video address to serving ADF members after the ‘Skype scandal’, in which he lambasted those who turned a blind eye to sexism, harassment and abuse of women in the force.


The Sydney band the Presets have called 26 January the “cruellest of anniversaries” in a post on Facebook, describing it as the day “white man arrived with his guns, his alcohol, his church, his flus and other unknown illnesses”.

“Out of all the days of the year that we could possibly choose to celebrate this wonderful nation of Australia, we think it’s frankly sickening that we continue to celebrate on this cruellest of anniversaries, January 26.”

The electronic music duo of Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes have proposed shifting the national holiday to an alternate date, such as the birthday of either writer Henry Lawson or Indigenous activist Eddie Mabo.

But not everyone who’s engaged with the post has been supportive.

“How dare you insult a day that is about everyone and turn it into a political discussion which has a typical agenda pushed not by indigenous people, but by white do-gooders,” said Nathan Sorensen-Salman.

“Australia Day is totally about inclusion of everyone and is a celebration – not a commiseration.”


Morning, all. Elle Hunt here, draped in a flag and with a Caramello koala to hand.

Thus far Australia Day has been marked with plenty of public speeches and pockets of protest. As Michael Safi has already reported, the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has acknowledged contention over the day in recognising “the oldest continuing cultures on Earth”.

“They are the first Australians and we respect and honour them on this, our national day,” he said.

As my colleague Monica Tan wrote in her wrap of Indigenous events being held nationwide, today is for many a timely opportunity to protest against the impacts of colonialism and to express pride in Indigenous culture.

Protests calling for sovereignty, treaty and social justice are taking place in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart and Canberra. Paul Farrell reported that the 2016 Invasion Day march from Redfern to inner-city Sydney was attended by about 1,000 people.

We’ll have more updates throughout the day.

Some the many massacres we will remember this #InvasionDay2016

— Pekeri Ruska (@IndigenousX) January 22, 2016


The 2016 Invasion day march in Sydney drew about 1,000 protesters on Tuesday morning.

The rally was held at The Block in Redfern to fight for sovereignty, treaty and social justice for Indigenous Australians.

Strong turn out for the invasion day rally at Redfern this morning

— Paul Farrell (@FarrellPF) January 25, 2016

Organiser Ken Canning, an Indigenous playwright and poet, said the rally would march through the original route of the renowned day of mourning protest to Australia Hall on Elizabeth Street that occurred in 1938.

The original hall has been purchased as part of a five-year campaign, and it will be the first time in 78 years that Indigenous Australians have gathered there on 26 January.

“We are sovereign not only in our own land, but in ourselves,” Canning said.

A Wiradjuri elder, Jenny Munro, said: “It is a day of mourning, and it was declared so by our heroes of 1938.”

Jenny Leong, a NSW MP, also addressed the crowd and said the party “stands here to show our commitment to your struggle”

“The struggle for justice, the struggle for the land rights, the struggle for a treaty needs to continue,” she said.

Senator Lee Rhiannon was also present.

Huge crowd at The Block for Invasion Day march. Always was always will be Aboriginal land

— Senator Lee Rhiannon (@leerhiannon) January 25, 2016

Awesome turnout for the #InvasionDay march

— Henare Degan (@henaredegan) January 25, 2016


The prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has just spoken in Canberra. Here’s a bit of what he had to say:

Australia is the most successful multicultural society in the world, diverse and harmonious. Our people come from close to 200 countries. For more than 40,000 years, Australia was cared for by the nation’s of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Theirs are the oldest continuing cultures on earth. They are the first Australians and we respect and honour them on this, our national day. So our nation is as old as humanity itself, as old as the rock carvings of the peninsula and the stories of the Dreamtime, told by the first Australians, as old as the Magna Carta, the rule of law and the poetry of Shakespeare, brought by the British settlers, as old as the mysteries of every faith and the riches of every culture, which contributes so much to our diversity.

Yet, we are as new as the baby who becomes a citizen today in the arms of its migrant parents. We can look at our past with great pride and with some regret but we are not defined, let alone trapped by our history, as many other nations are. Many nations define themselves by a common race or religion or culture. Not us. Our national identity is defined by shared political values, democracy, tempered by the rule of law. A deep belief that each of us owes the other a fair go, the best chance to realise our dreams. And binding us together is mutual respect. We often take that forgranted but we should not. We don’t have to look far to seethe consequences of its absence.

From here he launches into the full Turnbull:

We live in the most exciting time in human history. There has never been such rapid change. Billions lifted out of poverty in a few generations, technology available to many that until recently, even the richest billionaire could not afford. And in this era of transformation, Australia is so well positioned. In a global economy where technology is triumphing over geography, Australians are naturally global citizens.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull with Ben Roberts-Smith VC during the Australian of The Year Awards 2016 at Parliament House on January 25, 2016 in Canberra, Australia.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull with Ben Roberts-Smith VC during the Australian of The Year Awards 2016 at Parliament House on January 25, 2016 in Canberra, Australia. Photograph: Martin Ollman/Getty Images


From around the country, here’s a grab of how Australians are celebrating our national day. They come via #AustraliaDay Your Way, an initiative of the National Museum of Australia, curating social media posts from the day to create a digital time capsule.

G'day #Perth! Happy Australia Day. If you snap something particularly Aussie, tweet us #ozdayABC #AustraliaDay

— ABC News Perth (@abcnewsPerth) January 25, 2016

Happy Australia Day! Lots of love, Bon Bon #australiaday #australiadayyourway

— Rainforestation (@RFSKuranda) January 25, 2016

#AustraliaDay #StrayaDay #AussieFlag @OzDay

— Tank (@Tanks_art) January 25, 2016

All set for Australia day! Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Australia. Love Australia. #AustraliaDay #OzDay #Ahmadiyya

— AMYA Penrith (@AmyaPenrith) January 25, 2016

Not a bad view, via Jessica Mauboy, who sang the national anthem this morning from the top of the Sydney Harbour bridge.

Here’s AAP’s take:

Dressed in a bright red dress, Mauboy belted out the national anthem in the Indigenous language before repeating it in English from the blustery heights of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Both the Australian and Aboriginal flags were raised together as she sang the anthems at 134 metres above the harbour.

Mauboy’s heartfelt delivery sounded out across the harbour just before 8am on a cloudy Tuesday morning.

The Indigenous version was a medley of local Sydney dialects, Australia Day organisers said.


Perhaps the country’s most prominent citizenship ceremony is currently under way in Canberra’s Rond Terrace, and includes a flag raising, the country’s Federation Guard, the Navy Band, an aerial flyover and 21 gun salute.

The prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, is also there, and will no doubt have something to say. The event is being simulcast as I write on ABC News 24. Ben Roberts-Smith, a Victoria Cross winner (his citation here) and chairman of the Australia Day Council, is just arriving now.

A warm welcome to those becoming Australian Citizens today. Tune into @ABCTV at 10am #AustraliaDay

— Australia Day (@OzDay) January 25, 2016


Almost 400 citizenship ceremonies will be held across the country on Tuesday, welcoming more than 16,000 people from 154 countries.

The immigration minister, Peter Dutton, had this to say about the events: “Whether you are a citizen by birth or by pledge, today we are reminded by the numbers of those affirming their loyalty to Australia and its people, that we truly do live in the lucky country.”

New Australians: let this gentleman’s shirt be an indicator of the kind of dress that’s customary in your new home.

Spectators watch Aboriginal dancers perform the WugulOra Morning Ceremony at Walumil Lawn at Barangaroo Reserve as part of Australia Day celebrations in Sydney, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016.
Spectators watch Aboriginal dancers perform the WugulOra morning ceremony at Walumil Lawn at Barangaroo Reserve as part of Australia Day celebrations in Sydney on Tuesday. Photograph: Dean Lewins/AAP


Many Australia Day barbecues around the country will see patchy weather with clouds threatening to make backyard cricket a bit muddy.

For Sydneysiders, the Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting a cloudy day with a maximum of 27C. But more likely than not, there will be a shower or two.

Melburnians will probably escape any rain ruining their snags, with a sunny day reaching a max of 28C. Although the smell of their barbecues will mingle with the smell of smoke from bushfires.

Brisbane will reach similar temperatures but most likley have showers and thunderstorms, while Perth and Adelaide look set to be sunny and reach the low 30s.

It’s touch-and-go in the nation’s capital, with a 50% chance of rain, most likely to hit in the afternoon, after reaching a maximum of 26C.

Darwin will hit 33C and has a 40% chance of rain.

Hobart will see a maximum of 19C and maybe a bit of drizzle in the north.

Participants prepare to take part in the Great Sydney Swim on Australia Day in Sydney on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. (AAP Image/Paul Miller)
Participants prepare to take part in the Great Sydney Swim in the harbour on Tuesday morning. Photograph: Paul Miller/AAP


An unexpected hit on the eve of Australia Day has been the months-old, but only recently posted video of journalist Stan Grant’s remarks during an IQ2 debate in Sydney, on whether racism was ruining the Australian dream.

Emphatically yes, said Grant, also Guardian Australia’s Indigenous Affairs editor.

Stan Grant at the IQ2 Racism debate

If you’re one of the handful of people left in the country who hasn’t seen it, you bloody should.

Stan has written on the video’s success and reflected on the meaning of Australia Day in his latest piece here.

Australia’s myths, poetry and anthem tell of a land that can appear unrecognisable to us. We don’t share in the ‘boundless plains’, we have not enjoyed the ‘wealth for toil’, the sweeping plains and rugged mountains ranges of a sunburnt country were too often places of death for us on the Australian frontier.

Indigenous people die still a decade younger than our fellow Australians, we are 3% of the population yet a quarter of those in prisons. By every measure Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders remain the poorest, most disadvantaged people in Australia and this is no accident. The seeds of our suffering were sown in dispossession at a time when the very humanity of my people was denied.

Read the full thing here

The Australian of the Year, David Morrison, has also had a speech go viral. Here’s his famed June 2013 address – penned by another Australian of the Year nominee, Group Captain Cate McGregor – making it eminently clear what he expects of his troops (“ ... and if that does not suit you, then get out”).

Awarded Australian of the Year on Monday night, Morrison said of his remarks: “It’s only a fellow, a bloke, saying to his workforce that treating your colleagues with respect is a precondition of your employment. That’s all it is.”


One day, in the future, every message from our rulers will be delivered via Google Doodle – if today’s is any indication, that might not be such a bad thing.

The tech giant has fashioned its all-famous landing page as “Stolen Dreamtime”, a design by Ineka Voigt, a Canberra high school student who described her design thus:

If I could travel back in time I would reunite mother and child. A weeping mother sits in an ochre desert, dreaming of her children and a life that never was ... all that remains is red sand, tears and the whispers of her stolen dreamtime.

Stolen Dreamtime, Ineka Voigt’s winning Google Doodle design
Stolen Dreamtime, Ineka Voigt’s winning Google Doodle design. Photograph: Google

Our friends over at New Matilda note that past ’straya day-themed Doodles have played a straight bat: kids building a sandcastle, idyllic bush scenes, native wildlife. Something is stirring.

Or is it? We’ve also been passed a poll by YouGov, of more than 500 people, surveying their views on Australia/Invasion/Survival Day. It found:

  • 86% of Australians refer to 26 January as Australia Day. A particularly crusty minority opt for Anniversary/Foundation/ANA Day (6%). The last 8% “have no opinion on what the day is known as”.
  • 78% of Australians polled said the day was worth celebrating: to take pride in Australia’s culture, values, identity (74%), to hold citizenship ceremonies and other events (60%) and celebrate the patchwork of communities that make up the social fabric (56%).
  • Around 67 of the 538 people polled said the day wasn’t worth celebrating. 65% said it represented loss and injustice towards Indigenous Australians, 35% said it was a lame excuse to get pissed and one-quarter said it lacked any real meaning.


Good morning, it’s Australia Day 2016, and we’re covering it live all day. Welcome to our coverage.

Much of the chatter this year is about change: the date of our national day, the constitution and the flag – the latter to one of these numbers, put to a vote of more than 8,000 run by a Western Sydney University researcher.

From left to right, top to bottom: Reconciliation, Sporting, Southern Horizon, Golden Wattle and Southern Cross and Eureka flags. The flags are part of a survey being conducted by Western Sydney University researcher Dr Benjamin T. Jones (School of Humanities and Communication Arts) to find out Australian’s attitudes to their flag and how they would feel if it was to be changed.
From left to right, top to bottom: Reconciliation, Sporting, Southern Horizon, Golden Wattle and Southern Cross and Eureka flags. The flags are part of a survey being conducted by Western Sydney University researcher Dr Benjamin T Jones to find out Australian’s attitudes to their flag and how they would feel if it was changed. Photograph: Western Sydney University

More than 60% said they were in favour of switching out the flag, with the most popular design, Southern Horizon in the top right, winning 31% of the vote.

Already we know the Australian of the Year: Lieutenant General David Morrison, the former chief of army for the Australian defence force and a campaigner for diversity and equality in the armed forces.

A potential future winner is Senator Jacqui Lambie, who’s had a strong start, delivering an Australia Day message urging anyone who doesn’t like our “democratic rights” to find another country.

Naturally, she’s in a sequinned Australian flag singlet and feather hat plastered in the national ensign. Here’s the highlight of her address, which I hope will be an annual fixture:

Remember, if you don’t like our democratic rights, liberties and laws, equality for all, including women, gay, and Indigenous people, there are plenty of other countries to choose from.

We’ll bring you highlights from events around the country, including updates on the all-important Triple J Hottest 100, and whatever else springs up on this auspicious occasion.

Much about today is contested, and feels especially so this year. One thing worth celebrating: that it’s still possible, at least for one day, for Australians who disagree to sit down together, honour what makes this country special, and write no columns whatsoever.

Yes it's @AndrewBoltsBlog with @LindaBurneyMP at #Survival day Sydney this morning : post from @wesleyenoch

— Aboriginal Health (@NACCHOAustralia) January 25, 2016

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26 January: Clashes between police and protesters at Australia Day rally – live
Hundreds of events are taking place around Australia, including citizenship ceremonies, protests and Triple J’s Hottest 100 – follow all our coverage

Helen Davidson (now), Christopher Knaus (earlier), Paul Farrell (earlier), Elle Hunt (earlier) and Calla Wahlquist (earlier)

26, Jan, 2017 @7:02 AM

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Triple J moves Hottest 100 from Australia Day after protests
ABC radio station announces that after a review it will move its annual listeners’ poll, which has attracted criticism from Indigenous groups and supporters

Helen Davidson

27, Nov, 2017 @6:00 AM

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Triple J Hottest 100: Fifield wants ABC board to reject Australia Day move
Communications minister accuses youth radio station of helping ‘to delegitimise’ 26 January

Paul Karp

28, Nov, 2017 @4:44 AM

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Triple J to keep 2017 Hottest 100 on Australia Day, but 'future years under review'
ABC youth radio station held internal discussions on matter after push to move it to ‘a less inflammatory and more inclusive date’ for Indigenous Australians

Steph Harmon

13, Sep, 2016 @7:38 AM

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To keep Triple J's Hottest 100 on Australia Day is structural racism. The date must change | Kyran Wheatley
To even hold a survey about hosting the event on a day that so obviously drives us apart and causes pain to so many is disappointing and cowardly

Kyran Wheatley

04, Aug, 2017 @1:26 AM

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Hottest 100: Californian rapper Kendrick Lamar wins Triple J poll
With his track Humble, Lamar becomes the first person of colour to win the countdown, in a landmark year for the station

Caitlin Welsh and Steph Harmon

27, Jan, 2018 @9:30 PM

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Triple J Hottest 100: does Australia's youth broadcaster have an identity crisis? | Shaun Prescott
The breezy tone of the station’s annual countdown sounded out of step with a mood of national unrest

Shaun Prescott

27, Jan, 2017 @4:52 AM

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Triple J opens online poll asking if Hottest 100 should be moved off Australia Day
ABC youth broadcaster survey follows growing campaign to move event from 26 January as a mark of respect to Indigenous Australians

02, Aug, 2017 @7:51 AM

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Change the Date: hip-hop artists collaborate on new Australia Day track
From Urthboy and Ozi Batla to Kaylah Truth and Nooky, Australian hip-hop royalty and emerging artists join the campaign to move Australia Day

Steph Harmon

24, Jan, 2017 @7:07 AM