Protesters gather for Invasion Day Rally in Meanjin

Tens of thousands of people gathered on Invasion Day to attend protest rallies in cities across the nation, amid a rising political and social awareness of the country’s colonial history. 

With Australia increasingly uneasy about celebrating its national day, recognition of Indigenous people in the constitution has become a new flashpoint. The government has proposed an Indigenous “voice to parliament” in the constitution later this year, but Indigenous communities say there needs to be a treaty before this voice. 

The Wire’s Aryana Mohmood attended the rally in Meanjin, Brisbane and spoke with organisers and protesters about this debate and what the day meant for them. 

Image: Tia-Loketi Harvey and Victoria Van Schie attend the Invasion Day rally in Meanjin, Australia. Photograph: Aryana Mohmood/ 4ZZZ.

Produced By: Aryana Mohmood

Featured In Story: Mollena Weazel – Protester at the Meanjin rally, and Ruby Wharton – Organiser of the Meanjin rally

First aired on The Wire, Friday 27 January 2023