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Our position in 2024 on January 26

Nothing great about Australia has anything to do with January 26th.

This line by Luke Pearson stopped us in our tracks. His article, ‘What is Australia day for?’ is worth reading if you’re struggling to make sense of the day. For years we have kept the doors open on the 26th, a quiet action in recognition of our belief that the date must change. This year, we’ve collectively decided to close and protest alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples instead. ⁠

We particularly like how Pearson’s article forces you to consider whether we need a national day at all. Our clients are First Nations people living and working in Australia’s most disadvantaged communities, without access to the basic services that white Australia takes for granted. Maybe we should hold off on celebrations until this is corrected.

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