Signing off after a day of protest and celebration
That's all from us today, folks. Thanks for joining us as we brought you moments of protest, mourning and celebration this Australia Day.
Here's a recap of what happened across the country:
- Thousands of people marched in Invasion Day rallies and marches protesting Australia Day and calling for justice for First Nations people, despite warnings over COVID-19 gathering limits.
- Five people were arrested in Sydney out of a crowd of about 3,000, according to police estimates. There are reports rally organisers registered up to 8,000 QR code check-ins at the protest.
- At a rally in Melbourne, about 5,000 people separated into groups of 100 to abide by COVID-19 restrictions, with Victorian senator Lidia Thorpe telling the crowd that Indigenous people "need a treaty".
- Scores of people also attended rallies in Brisbane, Hobart, the Northern Territory and Perth, with a huge crowd marching from the Aboriginal Tent Embassy to Parliament House in Canberra.
- Meanwhile, Prime Minister Scott Morrison delivered his keynote address at a flag-raising and citizenship ceremony in Canberra, marking the day more than 12,000 people became Australian citizens across the country.
- Opposition leader Anthony Albanese shared his thoughts on the debate around the date of Australia Day, proposing a referendum on constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians should be held on 26 January to bridge the “divisive debate”.
- Veteran journalist Kerry O'Brien explained why he chose to reject his Australia Day honour in an interview on NITV's Sunrise Ceremony broadcast.
- New Australian of the Year Grace Tame voiced her support for moving Australia Day, but said Indigenous voices must be listened to.
With additional coverage from AAP