History is complex - and inevitably there are differing perspectives on individual historical events.
That is certainly true of Australian history. Australia is a continent rich in stories and home to the oldest continuous living culture on Earth. No one story or perspective can capture every aspect of our history, and what those stories mean to each person can be very different too.
Human history in Australia is estimated to go back more than 65,000 years.
Through rock art, archaeological explorations and the oral history of Australia's indigenous people, we have tantalising glimpses - but there is much we do not know.
Read the full article by the Hon Paul Fletcher, Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts here.