Happy Hour explores what is Australia Day…
The 26th January is seen “officially” as the country’s national holiday but this has been called into question by the Australian indigenous populations, who see it more as “Invasion Day” or “Survival day”…marking the anniversary of a sad day where they saw white people come, raise their flag and declare the country a colony of England (Capt Arthur Philip, 1788).
Read more on the aboriginal experience and perspective http://www.creativespirits.info
Australia is a great place, don’t get me wrong, but unfortunately the politicians leading the country right now are shaming us and making one embarrassing scene after another particularly when it comes to the environment and immigration. On top of that there’s a rise in shark attacks (I wonder why?) and bushfires which does nothing for our publicity.
Tonight’s show mixes up music new & old, white and black, with snippets of news and stories and facts about this wide brown land having its own existential crisis as we speak…australia day may well become simply “arrival day” and another day may be named to include ALL australians. Here’s hoping.
Music from Ylilia (north east Arnhem land), John Butler Trio, Crowded House, ACDC, Yothu Yindi, Slim Dusty, Kate Miller Heidke, and new stuff by T-Kay Maidza, & Joelistics.