Many Australians see the Commonwealth Games as a sporting celebration but for Aboriginal activists they symbolise invasion, dispossession and a culture shunted to the sidelines.
In the singles, Uganda's dependable Edwin Ekiring succumbed two-straight (21-11/21-15) to England's Rajiv Ouseph in the men's category.
Australia won 7 Gold, 2 Silver and 6 Bronze in Cycling while England won 3 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze. It was one of three gold medals for Australia at the Anna Meares Velodrome in Brisbane on the opening night of track cycling competition.
"I am indigenous. As far as I'm concerned, I was born here, this is my country as much as anyone else... anyone who is of Aboriginal descent, the same age as I am, why have they got more right to this land than what I do?"
Canada narrowly beat England in the ride for bronze.
Tens of thousands of people marched on this year's Australia Day, January 26, in "Invasion Day" protests calling for a rethink of the national commemoration.
Guy, who won the bronze medal in the 400m freestyle final on Thursday, is expected to be fit for the rest of his events.
"I've raced against Hannah in every meet and I've been second every time, " Willmott said.
Under a mostly clear night sky at the open-air stadium, Ruck held off a fast-charging Ariarne Titmus of Australia in the 200-meter freestyle.
"I hope you all had a cracking good time watching the ceremony".
Hauser finished the second leg in first before Gentle produced an enormous bike and run to give Birtwhistle a 39-second lead as the Tasmanian, and individual silver medallist, went on to claim the victory for Australia.
Proud, who is also the reigning Commonwealth champion in the 50 butterfly and 50 freestyle, won his preliminary heat by almost a body length, but that was annulled after a referee disqualified the Englishman for movement on the starting blocks.