Respectful celebration the theme of Australia Day 2022 in the Capital

Max O'Driscoll 5 January 2022 19
Australian flag, Australian Aboriginal Flag, Torres Strait Islander flag.

Australia Day 2022 in the ACT will be about celebrating the cultural diversity of modern Australia. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

“Reflect, respect and celebrate” is the mantra for Australia Day celebrations in the ACT for 2022, with the ACT Government encouraging Canberrans to come together as a community to reflect on the “Australian experience” in its entirety.

Festivities will centre around Lake Burley Griffin and activities will be dispersed around the lake.

From 23 January, the National Carillon will be lit up with the faces of the Australian of the Year recipients.

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On 25 January there will be a series of campfires, sand circles and small stages at Reconciliation Place. The National Museum of Australia and Speakers Corner will offer a place to sit, hear the stories, listen to the music and watch the dances of traditional custodians.

Australia Day activities will begin with a Welcome to Country, followed by the Citizenship Ceremony and Flag Raising to welcome new Australian citizens at Rond Terrace before moving across the lake to Reconciliation Place and Patrick White Lawns.

Assistant Minister for Economic Development Tara Cheyne said Canberrans should use the period to reflect on what Australia is today and everything that has happened historically.

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“This Australia Day is an opportunity to look back with respect for those that came before us and celebrate the rich culture that makes us who we are today,” said Ms Cheyne.

“There will be talks, yarning circles, performances and quiet spaces to reflect on our deep history. These activities, along with cultural workshops for children, will continue throughout Australia Day.

“The events of the day will reflect the cultural diversity of contemporary Australia, with artists from a range of cultural backgrounds coming together to share workshops, conversations, roving performances and vibrant stage collaborations,” she said.

For more Australia Day events, visit What’s on in Canberra this Australia Day.

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19 Responses to Respectful celebration the theme of Australia Day 2022 in the Capital
JC JC 6:53 pm 08 Jan 22

More selective quoting to suit an justify a narrow mindset and perceived argument.

    Capital Retro Capital Retro 10:12 pm 08 Jan 22

    But it’s still a relevant and inconvenient fact, JC.

    JC JC 1:10 pm 10 Jan 22

    Whilst it may be a fact it’s not relevant. That copyright is to produce the flag on clothing not to display the flag! So as I said selective quoting to suit your narrow minded narrative.

Garry Dodds Garry Dodds 5:26 pm 08 Jan 22

Australia is one Country with one People we are all Australians.lets forget the past as we cannot change what has happened and go forwards to all of our futures.

    Matt Sanderson Matt Sanderson 9:02 pm 09 Jan 22

    Garry Dodds That seems like a very disrespectful thing to say about ANZAC day.

Capital Retro Capital Retro 11:23 am 08 Jan 22

Actually, copyright in the Aboriginal flag is owned by Aboriginal artist, Harold Thomas. The right to reproduce the flag on clothing worldwide is exclusively licensed to a non-indigenous company, WAM Clothing Pty Ltd (WAM Clothing) so the Australian flag should be the only one flying on Australia Day.

Karen Little Karen Little 6:29 pm 07 Jan 22

I predict a riot in Canberra on that day (was just speaking to the Sovereign Peoples tent protesters out front of Old Parliament House).

    Scott Harvey Scott Harvey 8:39 pm 08 Jan 22

    Karen Little 50th anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy this year.

kenbehrens kenbehrens 4:58 pm 07 Jan 22

We all know how Australia Day will go down. There will be two groups of people:
1. Most Australians will enjoy the day with family and friends be thankful to be living in a great country.
2. A very small minority will protest about an “Invasion” a couple of hundred years ago and the media will then run stories about the push to “change the date”.

Paul Mathews Paul Mathews 4:45 pm 07 Jan 22

Aust experience ? In CBR? Dogcity. BARK BARK BARK eh Chris

Acton Acton 6:55 am 07 Jan 22

Respect and reconciliation must work both ways. Those who attempt to burn down buildings show neither respect or reconciliation.
To paraphrase Ms Cheyne: This Australia Day is an opportunity to look forward with respect for those that came after us and celebrate the rich culture that makes us who we are today.

Joe Kuffner Joe Kuffner 7:09 pm 06 Jan 22

Why do we have to have two Flags, aren't we one country ??????

    Cath Samara Cath Samara 8:48 pm 06 Jan 22

    Joe Kuffner there's three flags there. Why does each state and territory have its own flag? We're all one country?

    Matthew Beale Matthew Beale 9:56 pm 06 Jan 22

    Joe Kuffner we have many flags.


    Torres Strait Islanders


    Every state & territory

    A number of islands Australia controls (Christmas Island, etc)

    It has to do with identity. You can stand under more than one flag and still be loyal to both. They are not mutually exclusive.

    Onelia Herriot Onelia Herriot 9:11 pm 07 Jan 22

    Joe Kuffner we fly 3 flags. Australia's, the Aboriginal and the Torres Strait islands flags.

    Matthew James Matthew James 10:10 pm 08 Jan 22

    Onelia Herriot what’s the point?

    Onelia Herriot Onelia Herriot 9:38 am 09 Jan 22

    Matthew James acknowledge the first peoples?

    Joe Kuffner Joe Kuffner 11:26 am 09 Jan 22

    Onelia Herriot so if we are all emergrants too there land why do we have a flag ? We say that we never invaded or had a war, no peace treaty.

    Matt Sanderson Matt Sanderson 9:00 pm 09 Jan 22

    Joe Kuffner Are you saying we should get rid of this flag ??????

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