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Triple J's Hottest 100 Will Not Be Moving From Australia Day After All

But it will partner with the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience.

13/09/2016 5:03 PM AEST | Updated 13/09/2016 5:42 PM AEST
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Rumours swirled on Tuesday about the Hottest 100 moving from Australia Day out of respect for Indigenous Australians, but Triple J has set the record straight.

The Hottest 100 will remain on January 26 in 2017, so those who spend the day by the barbecue and the beach can keep their speakers close by.

The news comes despite a Change.org petition with more than 3000 signatures calling to change the date.

However there was an announcement on Tuesday afternoon. The radio station will be partnering with the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) again for the Hottest 100.

More than $100,000 was raised by Hottest 100 listeners in 2015 for the mentoring program which supports Indigenous children completing high school and university.

Triple J Content Director Ollie Edwards said the radio station hopes to acknowledge all perspectives on January 26, and raise money for Indigenous Australians.

"While we celebrate the year's best music, we believe that together with a great organisation like AIME, triple j has a powerful opportunity and a responsibility to create a positive impact," Edwards said.

Founder and CEO of AIME Jack Manning-Bancroft said while Australia Day represents pain and mourning for many Australians it also represents immense pride too.

"The past has been written. What I love about triple j and the Hottest 100 is that we have a chance to speak to millions of Australians and provide a platform to shape a narrative for the future filled with colour, joy and love of our difference," Manning-Bancroft said.

AIME is now working with more than 6,000 Indigenous children across the country.

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