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Right Wrongs – Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Theconversation. Theconversation. The Conversation is running a series of explainers on key moments in Australian political history, looking at what happened, its impact then, and its relevance to politics today.


Black diggers are hailed on Anzac Day. But the Indigenous 'Great War' was in Australia. I know the spirits are out here.

Black diggers are hailed on Anzac Day. But the Indigenous 'Great War' was in Australia

And when the wind starts to howl across the plain in great booming gusts, it might just be the sound of them crying. I’ve visited many massacre sites in Australia. But usually I’ve been in the company of a local Indigenous custodian, someone who rubbed their scent on my face and hands and chanted to warn the spirits that this white man comes in peace. While it feels like I’m anything but alone, I’m by myself in the long grass that is blowing sideways. All around, the fields shimmer in kaleidoscopic gold, russet, black and India green as the sun strobes through the storm clouds scudding across the sky. Names are important In contemplating the creek, I’d had in my mind a treacherous torrent running through a great black ravine, so imbued is this place with malevolence, right down to its name, Butchers Creek.

A little ramshackle goldmining town once sprang up near the creek but it has long ago ceased to be. Treaty Republic - Indigenous Australia Sovereignty, Genocide, Land Rights and Pay the Rent Issues. The Government At the time of the referendum in 1967, Harold Holt was the Prime Minister and a Liberal Country Party Coalition Government was in power.

Treaty Republic - Indigenous Australia Sovereignty, Genocide, Land Rights and Pay the Rent Issues

The Constitutional review process was commenced by Robert Menzies who retired in January 1966. The original question (as proposed by Menzies) only included changes to s127. Australia Day/ Invasion Day – Teach Indigenous Knowledge and Culture. Australia Day, 26 January, is the anniversary of the arrival of the fleet from Great Britain, and the raising of the Union Jack at Sydney Cove by its commander Captain Arthur Phillip, in 1788 .

Australia Day/ Invasion Day – Teach Indigenous Knowledge and Culture

European arrival Captain Phillip wasn’t the first European to arrive in Australia. Captain Cook had been there 18 years before. ABC Online Indigenous - Special Topics - Reconciliation. Tamworth's NAIDOC celebrations will, for the first time, feature a childrens' community dance.

ABC Online Indigenous - Special Topics - Reconciliation

A mixture of elders, community organisations and members of the general community has turned out to discuss the constitutional recognition of indigenous Australians. National Sorry Day has been commemorated in ceremonies and get-togethers across Western Australia. Tenterfield Shire Council has rejected a motion to permanently raise the Aboriginal and New South Wales State Flag outside the Council Chambers. Mabo - a timeline. Posted It has been 20 years today since High Court handed down its decision on Mabo v Queensland (No 2), the landmark case known as Mabo, which paved the way for recognition of native title in Australia.

Mabo - a timeline

News Online takes a look at the lead-up to the decision and how it changed the face of Australian society: Torres Strait Islander Eddie Koiki Mabo, who is at the time working as a gardener at James Cook University in Townsville, finds out he does not own the land back on Murray Island where he grew up. A land rights conference is held at James Cook University where Mr Mabo makes a speech outlining the land ownership and inheritance system on Murray Island.

The history of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy. Updated Gallery: Aboriginal Tent Embassy The Aboriginal Tent Embassy was founded on Australia Day in 1972 to protest the decision by the McMahon Liberal government to reject a proposal for Aboriginal Land rights.

The history of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy

The government instead planned to implement a lease system, conditional on the ability of Indigenous people to make economic and social use of the land, and excluding rights to mineral and forestry resources. Four Indigenous activists - Michael Anderson, Billy Craigie, Bertie Williams and Tony Coorey - set up the protest at 1.00am under a beach umbrella on the lawns of Parliament House (Old Parliament House). The movement quickly gained traction, with more and more tents being erected and numbers at one point swelling to 2,000. On July 20, after the Government modified a law relating to trespass on Commonwealth lands, Police moved in and forcibly dismantled the embassy.

On several occasions, most recently in 2003, it has been subject to arson attacks. Collaborating for Indigenous Rights 1957-1973. Paul Keating's response to talkback caller over Mabo a reminder of leadership past. As politicians seek to understand a post-Brexit, post-Trump world, the release of the 1992-93 Australian cabinet documents reminds us that there was a time when a different conversation going on between leaders and voters.

Paul Keating's response to talkback caller over Mabo a reminder of leadership past

The year was 1993 and the Labor government led by Paul Keating had just snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, courtesy of Liberal leader John Hewson’s Fightback! Package which proposed a goods and services tax. (And showing we voters are nothing if not contrary, John Howard won the 1998 election calling for a GST.) Keating was trying to resolve a workable framework for native title during the Mabo debate, after the high court repudiated the idea of terra nullius – that Australia was a land that belonged to no one. Video Overview Blood Brothers – Freedom Ride (1993) on ASO.

Freedom Rides