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Hey Triple J: please change the date (again)!

I celebrated Australian music and the Hottest 100 on Sunday. But I want the date to change.

Preferably in a way that isn’t so overly political this time. That reduces and not compounds the division in our society.

The Hottest 100 should be on a day that all Australians, from all walks of life, can celebrate. From our Nation’s First People, fifth generation Australians, the person who just received their citizenship during an Australia Day ceremony, and perhaps most troublingly here, Jewish Australians who should not have to suffer the indignity and harsh injustice of Triple J allowing the Hottest 100 to air on International Holocaust Survivors Day.

Albrecht Dümling’s 2011 book, The Vanished Musicians: Jewish Refugees in Australia, reveals the previously unknown experiences of scores of Jewish refugee musicians who fled Nazi Germany.

Sadly, the Musicians Union of Australia prevented (or hamstrung) many of these talented musicians from … Read the rest

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