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Discovering democracy: law

Interact with a slideshow of images and text to explore the struggles of Indigenous Australians for land rights. Look in particular at the early land rights petition of 1963 and the roles played by Vincent Lingiari and Eddie Mabo. Complete a related task.

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Ron Merkel discusses the native title claim process, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of former Federal Court of Australia judge Ron Merkel talking about the process required for lndigenous communities to mount native title claims. Merkel outlines the criteria for native title to be recognised by the Court. He also talks about how the native title process has involved oral ...

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Ron Merkel discusses the importance of native title, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of former Federal Court of Australia judge Ron Merkel talking about the importance of native title claims. Merkel presents his views about the connection between land and identity for Indigenous people and about successful and unsuccessful native title claims. The recording was made in ...

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Ron Merkel discusses the difficulty of handling refugee cases, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of former Federal Court of Australia judge Ron Merkel discussing the difficulty of handling refugee cases. Merkel outlines how criteria from the UN refugee convention are used to make a judgement about whether a person is a genuine refugee. He explains that 'it's a very imperfect process' ...

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Ron Merkel discusses the phrase 'washed away by the tide of history', 2008

This is an edited sound recording of former Federal Court of Australia judge Ron Merkel discussing a High Court of Australia judge's statement that a person's right to native title may have been 'washed away by the tide of history'. Merkel describes the expression, used by one of the judges in the Mabo native title case, ...

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Mparntwe Sacred Sites, 2004: 'A big book'

This clip presents an Indigenous view of Mparntwe (Alice Springs). It includes Indigenous music and aerial views accompanied by a voice-over explaining how the landscape of Mparntwe was created by ancestral beings as they travelled through the country. Arrernte Elder Max Stuart explains that the traditions are alive despite ...

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Searchlight on Japan, c1948: Rehabilitation and re-education

This clip shows Allied attempts to 're-educate' the Japanese population and transform Japan into a peaceful democratic state after the Second World War. Street scenes show occupation forces mingling with civilians. In a library there are new textbooks about democracy, and the narrator says that 'existing textbooks have ...

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After Mabo, 1997: Fiction of terra nullius

The clip shows Indigenous leaders Peter Yu and Noel Pearson discussing Indigenous rights to land and the native title legislation that was introduced by the Labor government under prime minister Paul Keating after the Mabo decision in 1992. It includes the government's rationale and a discussion of the effect on pastoral ...

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After Mabo, 1997: A country's shame

The clip shows developments over the three-year period from the passage in December 1993 of the Native Title Act 1993 in the Australian Senate to the response to tabled amendments to the Act after John Howard became prime minister in 1996. It includes footage of the parliamentary debate and the main points in the legislation, ...

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After Mabo, 1997: Law stick

The clip shows the Howard government's response to the Wik decision of 23 December 1996 and Indigenous responses to the government's signals that there would be further amendments to the Native Title Act 1993. It shows part of the Aboriginal Land Councils' Wik Summit in 1997. Wik Elder Jean George calls for justice and ...

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The Redfern address given by prime minister Paul Keating, 1992

This is a recording of excerpts from an address by prime minister Paul Keating (1944-) in the inner-Sydney suburb of Redfern on 10 December 1992. Keating outlines what he describes as Australia's failure to extend opportunity, care, dignity and hope to its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. He declares that ...

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Demonstration in support of Aboriginal rights in 1974

This is a black-and-white photograph taken in 1974 that shows a demonstration in support of Aboriginal rights outside the then Parliament House (now Old Parliament House) in Canberra.

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Protesters outside the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, 1974

This is a black-and-white photograph taken in 1974 that shows Aboriginal activists outside the Aboriginal Tent Embassy on the lawns of (Old) Parliament House in Canberra.

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King Billy outside Old Parliament House, 1927

This is a black-and-white photograph of Aboriginal man Jimmy Clements (1847-1927), known as 'King Billy', standing outside Old Parliament House in Canberra in 1927.

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'Sea of hands' protest, Canberra, 1997

This is a colour photograph, measuring 17 cm x 22 cm, of a demonstration in Canberra on 12 October 1997 protesting against the proposed changes to the Native Title Act in response to the High Court's Wik decision. Large numbers of 'hands', constructed of coloured cardboard and 'planted' on wire sticks, are seen arranged ...

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Armed Constabulary camp near Parihaka, 1881

This is a black-and-white photograph of a New Zealand Armed Constabulary camp near the settlement of Parihaka, Taranaki (halfway down the west coast of the North Island) in 1881. Several dozen uniformed men are lined up on either side of a track. Some are leaning on a railing that runs alongside the track on each side, ...

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Gough Whitlam and Vincent Lingiari at Wattie Creek, 1975

This is a black-and-white photograph taken by Indigenous Australian photographer Mervyn Bishop. It shows Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam pouring soil into the hands of Vincent Lingiari, an Elder of the Gurindji people. The photograph was taken during the ceremony to mark the handover of the deeds to Gurindji country, ...

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Charles Perkins at the Aboriginal Embassy anniversary, 1982

This is a colour photograph showing well-known Indigenous Australian Dr Charles Perkins speaking outside (now Old) Parliament House in Canberra at the tenth anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy. The Aboriginal flag appears in the background.

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Whitlam - Visit to the Philippines, 1974: The end of the tour

This clip shows the then prime minister, Gough Whitlam, on the last day of an official visit to the Philippines in February 1974, on the final leg of a six-nation tour to South-East Asia. It shows Whitlam at a press conference at the Hotel Intercontinental in Manila, explaining Australia's position in recognising the People's ...

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Operation Blowdown, 1963: Canvas city begins to take shape

This clip shows aspects of Operation Blowdown, which involved the detonation of a 50-ton conventional (non-nuclear) bomb, intended to simulate a nuclear explosion, in tropical rainforest in far north Queensland. It includes footage of scientists from the Defence Standards Laboratories (DSL) conducting tests with equipment ...