I acknowledge that all celebrations today take place on the traditional lands of the Aboriginal People
Today, I would like to acknowledge the strength, resilience and capacity of the Aboriginal People
I note with some bemusement the recent blabberings of the Republican Movement the desire to have this nation run by an Australian Head of State. Many people who know me personally will know that I have very strong political views about the topic. That is, that I too believe that we should become a Republic. But I also believe that if we are going to do this as an expression of our 'maturity' as an Independent Nation, then we should also ditch the Union Jack from our flag. I furthermore believe that rather than 'celebrating' Australia Day as the arrival of the British, it should be the day of all days that we acknowledge the Indigenous Peoples in this land. Instead of calling it Australia Day we call it "First Australians Day". Now that would show our maturity as an Independent Nation!
Rather than all the nationalistic parties that we have, we should use it as a day to Advance Reconciliation between all peoples in this country. A day where we put ourselves out to perhaps meet a blackfella (how many Australians have actually done that in their lifetime?), to celebrate the racial diversity in the country and to acknowledge there are still things to be done to make this an even greater country. I love Australia too, but I love an even better Australia that is even more inclusive, more caring, and one that we can strive towards -- together!
Okay, end of my Political Rant. It is also my daughter Natalie Mahal's birthday. So, Happy Birthday to the girl who forever changed me as a person and who continues to bring so much joy into my Life.
On this Blog, I usually use a posting around this date to quickly look back at the Comicoz year and detail how many hits and misses there were, as well as talk of the Comicoz plans for the year ahead. At present, there are a few plans for the year ahead that are not quite finalised, so if it's okay with you, Dear Reader, I may defer that posting for another date....feeling, too, that perhaps I have already said enough.
...acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to elders past, present, and emerging, and extend that respect to all First Australian peoples.
Over the past decade (2011 - 2020) Nat has self-published ten comic-related books and was Publisher-Editor of Oi Oi Oi! - the last nationally-distributed comic book of original comics stories to appear on Australian newsstands. He edited Inkspot, the journal of the Australian Cartoonists Association for 14 issues from late 2015 to 2019 and is a current member of the ACA's Committee. In his spare time, he is a husband, a father (to six) and grandfather (to fourteen), and works in the Psychiatric Emergency Centre in Queensland's largest public hospital.
Comicoz is Nat Karmichael's publishing imprint. Nat is committed to preserving a permanent collection of Australian comic and comic strips. He feels that there is a need to recognise comics' contribution to and depiction of Australian culture.