On this day, Australia is celebrating the anniversary of the day, 225 years ago, when the British invaded this land, occupied and colonised it. More than 500 Indigenous nations shared this land for over 40,000 years before invasion. I would therefore, on this day, like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of this land on which I live, the Dharawal people. I would also like to pay respect to their Elders past and present and acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded. This has always been, and always will be, Aboriginal land.