Your Disapproved Skin – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

How can we ever celebrate a day which marks as evasion and brutal violation of human rights?
Very fitting and moving poetry from Paul Cannon.

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Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples need to know there is an image that displays deceased people.

“Australia Day” January 26 marks the anniversary of the arrival of the first fleet at Port Jackson in 1788. For most indigenous people this is known as invasion day. Their treatment to this day has been brutal and in the least one of denial and rejection. It is a hard history to read and on the part of the colonial architects, even to this day, a very shameful history. I am one of many Australians who would rather move the celebration to a new date in conjunction with a dialogue with indigenous peoples as to how to achieve that. But then I believe that nationalism and patriotism are poisonous, as history and our nightly news shows, so maybe no day is needed.

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Photo: Australian National University: Aboriginal men in chains in the…

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