How Aboriginal Christians are Challenging Australian Spiritually
Tanya RichesABC Religion and Ethics25 Jan 2016
The annual Australia Day festivities are upon us once again. And, once again, it is corporate Australia that dominates the public conversation.
This year it began with a particularly controversialadvertisement from Meat and Livestock Australia, presented by SBS's Lee Lin Chin - proving that lamb is still the easiest way of getting Australians to talk about national identity.
And then there was Woolworth's unfortunate omission of Tasmania from an Australian map; andAussieBum's insensitive range of Australia Day themed underwear.
Each year seems to produce some new faux pas, some new way for corporate Australia to get things wrong. But the frequently overlooked question is why should corporate Australia set the tone in the first place?
Recently, television station NITV did something striking by providing a guide to the differing perspectives regarding Australia Day. It outlines three competing ways of commemorating the date, representing the divisions in our national narrative: