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Change the Date?


This January long weekend join us at Muse as we discuss the growing controversy around Australia Day / Invasion Day. Our panel of experts includes 2009 Australian of the Year and member of the Yawuru people Mick Dodson AM, and award-winning, popular historian Frank Bongiorno

Along with participating chair Farz Edraki, they will examine the history and genesis of the day, as well as discuss the arguments for and against changing the date. 

Tickets: $12 (includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink)



Frank Bongiorno is Professor of History at the Australian National University, and has previously taught in universities in Australia and Britain.  His books include The People’s Party: Victorian Labor and the Radical Tradition 1875-1914 (1996) The Sex Lives of Australians: A History (2012) and The Eighties: The Decade That Transformed Australia (2015). He is a regular contributor to the media, was co-editor of the Australian Historical Association’s journal, History Australia, from 2013 to 2015, and is currently President of Honest History.

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Professor Mick Dodson AM is a member of the Yawuru peoples – the traditional owners of land and waters in the Broome area of the southern Kimberley region of Western Australia. He is Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at The Australian National University and Professor of law at the ANU College of Law.


He is a prominent advocate on land rights and other issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, as well as a vigorous advocate of the rights and interests of indigenous peoples around the world.

Mick Dodson was Australia's first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner with the Human Rights Commission. He served as Commissioner from April 1993 to January 1998.

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Participating Chair

Farz Edraki is a writer, digital producer and currently an associate producer with ABC TV’s Tonightly program with Tom Ballard. She was formerly a radio producer for ABC Radio Canberra, researcher for Annabel Crabb’s The House series and her writing has been published in The Sydney Morning Herald, Crikey and New Matilda.

Born in Iran, January 26 will be the fifteenth anniversary of the day she awkwardly stood on stage and received a citizenship certificate from a mayor in Mildura.

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Later Event: February 4
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