#changethedate is a collaboration with Sydney musician Tim Gray (Gumbaynggir) and Wendy Murray (Aotearoa).
“Tim and I first met when he invited me to chat with him about posters, street art and council policy on his awesome radio show Social Change on Koori Radio. That was a year ago."
Over the past couple of years, I’ve made an annual 'Australia Day' poster that responds to the growing discomfort some Australians have regarding its annual national ‘Australia Day’ celebration. I’m from New Zealand – where we celebrate the signing of The Treaty on a day we Kiwi’s call Waitangi Day. Australia does not have a treaty with it’s first nations people.
This year, the poster came from a conversation with Tim about his thoughts on the day, the date and a suggestion of a date change. – Wendy Murray January 2017
“Tim & I don’t propose to have the answer to this complex situation – we’re offering a suggestion and are happy to hear your thoughts and ideas about how Australia can best celebrate a day of unity and cultural history.” – Tim & Mini, January, 2017
2017 marks the 50th year of the 1967 referendum. The referendum did not give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples the right to vote. This right had been legislated for Commonwealth elections in 1962, with the last State to provide Indigenous enfranchisement being Queensland in 1965.