Alongside the state-sponsored celebrations of ‘Australia Day’, complete with warplanes screaming over the city centre, Indigenous people and their supporters rallied at the traditional meeting place in what is now called Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, before walking in their own time down past the Victorian Parliament House to join the annual Share the Spirit music festival in the Treasury Gardens. Major intersections on the route were occupied for a few minutes to remember the ancestors and make the point whose land this is. At Parliament House the Aboriginal flag was paraded on the steps. It was very hot and tiring, no doubt especially for the very young and for the older ones, but there was a strong feeling that the day was a triumphant success, strengthening resolve to take the struggle on to its next stage in Canberra for the opening of the Federal Parliament on 12 February.
There were many banners and placards proclaiming the messages of the rally; some can be seen in the accompanying photos.
Jan 28 – there is a small low-res video clip available for download on Sydney Indymedia –
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