Australia Day

Australia Day: Thousands defy Covid rules in 'Invasion Day' protests

At least five arrests were made in Sydney at a rally attended by around 2,000 people, despite rules limiting the numbers allowed to gather at 500.

The day is controversial as it marks the start of Australia's colonisation.

Australia Day is celebrated on 26 January, the anniversary of Britain's First Fleet arriving in Sydney in 1788.

Branded by its critics as "Invasion Day", it attracts annual protest rallies drawing attention to the injustices faced by Indigenous people.

Woman dies in Australia Day lamington-eating contest

The woman, aged 60, is reported to have had a seizure during the event at a hotel in Hervey Bay, Queensland, to mark Australia Day on Sunday.

Contestants had earlier been filmed speed-eating the lamingtons, a traditional sponge cake covered in chocolate and desiccated coconut.

She was given CPR at the scene and taken to hospital but later died.

Witnesses said the woman had crammed one of the cakes into her mouth when she appeared to get into difficulties.

Why some Australians want to move their controversial national day

While many see it as a day to celebrate the Australian lifestyle, for others it's a painful reminder of death, disease, and cultures now lost forever.

Australia Day: City shifts celebrations to 'inclusive alternative'

The Australia Day public holiday marks the arrival of Britain's First Fleet on 26 January 1788.

Celebrations are held around the country, but many Indigenous Australians refer to it as "invasion day".

Fremantle council said it would hold a "culturally inclusive alternative" on 28 January instead.

The celebrations would include citizenship ceremonies that have previously happened on Australia Day.