An organiser for Invasion Day protests in Brisbane says ‘Change the Date’ and ‘Abolish Australia Day’ campaigns aren’t the biggest issues, but they are conversation starters.

At this time of the year every year, Invasion Day protestors attract criticism from the broader population for opposing a day marked as a national day on the ‘Australian’ calendar.

Debates around ‘Australia Day’ in the broader media landscape have become mostly centred around the campaigns to change the day.

But for Gomeroi man Boe Spearim, changing the date and abolishing the day campaigns are just a conversation starter for the real issues that need to be addressed.