It is sad, but probably indicative of the times, that I'm starting my first Senate Diary entry for 2018 by going back to a tired and tattered old topic that dominated the headlines (again) this time last year.

Australia Day. Invasion Day. Why January 26 is an insult to Indigenous Australians. The Greens have made a stand and their new Victorian MP, Lidia Thorpe, has called for flags to be flown at half-mast tomorrow in mourning. (I don't agree with that, but am appalled by the rape threats to her and hope the perpetrator is arrested and charged soon).