Australia Day: move or stay?

We are pleased to announce our full lineup of panellists Jacinta Price, Peter Fitzsimons, Anthony Dillon, Geoffrey Winters, Norma Ingram & Jeremy Sammut

Calls are growing to move Australia Day away from January 26. But is having the national day on the anniversary of the First Fleet’s arrival in 1788 really insensitive to Indigenous people? How would changing the date help the plight of Aboriginal Australians? And if we change Australia Day, what date should we choose?

Join us for lunch on Wednesday, January 24 for a robust debate about whether Australia Day should change or remain.

Peter Fitzsimons is chair of the Australian Republican Movement, a columnist with the Sun-Herald and Sydney Morning Herald, an award-winning author and biographer.
Jacinta Nampijinpa Price is an Alice Springs town councillor and a research associate at the Centre for Independent Studies.
Anthony Dillon is an academic and commentator of indigenous affairs.
Geoffrey Winters is a lawyer at Chalk & Behrendt in Sydney and a former federal Liberal party candidate for the federal seat of Sydney.
Norma Ingram is a Wiradjuri woman who was raised on ‘Erambie’ Aboriginal Reserve, serves on the City of Sydney’s advisory panel.
Jeremy Sammut is a senior research fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies.
Moderator: Tom Switzer is executive director of the Centre for Independent Studies and a presenter at ABC’s Radio National.

Event Details:

When: Wednesday, 24 January

Where: The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie Street, Sydney

Time: 12.15 pm for a 12.30 pm start. The event will conclude by 2 pm

Cost: Light lunch provided, $20 members*, $30 non-members.

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* Members are defined as paying an annual fee of $150 or above.

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