It's important for them to know that their people died fighting for this land, and we are still fighting today for our rights," said Caine Carrol, a public servant who was joined by his children at the protest.Invasion Day protests are nothing new, and the issue continues to gain the national spotlight in as non-indigenous Australians increasingly shun traditional Australia Day barbecues and events to join the protests. "I'm proud of many things about my country, but the way we continue to treat Aboriginal Australians is certainly not one of them," the 52-year-old teacher told Al Jazeera."The day celebrates the stealing of land and the beginning of the decimation of the longest-continuing culture and peoples of the world," she told Al Jazeera."Most people who live here have little knowledge of settlement, massacres, indigenous cultures and the like - and most continue to see all this as being of little worth." However Liddle disagrees with the idea of simply changing the national holiday to a different date.“This study confirms the sophistication of the Australian Aboriginal toolkit and underscores the universal importance of the Jabiluka area,” he said.“These findings reinforce the need for the highest level of conservation and protection for this site.” An article in “We now know that modern humans, after they left Africa around 70,000 years ago, dispersed rapidly to a coastal area that became the departure gate for their journey to Australia,” he wrote.The discovery of the world’s oldest stone axes with ground edges, ochre used to make "spectacular rock art" and other artefacts in northern Australia pushes back the earliest known presence of humans to 65,000 years ago.
Writing in the journal , the researchers said: “The settlement of Madjedbebe around 65,000 years ago …It has somehow been severed from its origins as a date and turned into a feelgood, flag-waving thing. The 1990s in Australia are often referred to culturally as the " because of the academic debates surrounding Australia's colonial history, particularly the violence inflicted upon Indigenous Australians.It wasn't until 2008 that the Australian government apologised to the Stolen Generations' of Aboriginal children forcibly removed from their families and placed in missions and with white families by the government.Sydney, Australia - For many Australians the national Australia Day holiday is a chance to celebrate their country with a day off from work and a drink.For Indigenous Australians, it is a day of protest and mourning.