And so Australia Day rolls around again, with the usual somewhat half-hearted public controversy over its meaning and significance. Last night, Thomas Keneally told a commemorative "Australian of the Year" event that he was now reconciled to celebrating the day, believing "it has come to stand for a duality of experiences, genesis and loss".

Clearly not everyone feels the same way: many will mark tomorrow as "invasion day" or "survival day", and many more will be blissfully unaware of any historical significance at all.