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Australia's 1967 Referendum

Why have the results of the 1967 Referendum had a lasting symbolic significance? Civil rights activist Faith Bandler describes a long and well-organised struggle for the referendum and the reasons for it. Find out what percentage of Australians voted to alter the Constitution so that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ...

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Charles Perkins campaigns for Aboriginal rights

Why was 1967 a turning point in the struggle for legal equality and the civil rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples? In this clip, we encounter leading Aboriginal activist Charles Perkins as he addresses a range of public meetings held to raise awareness of racial discrimination and to bring about change ...

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Native title: how to free your heart

Since the original Mabo decision was handed down by the High Court of Australia in 1992, acknowledging that the Meriam people of the Torres Strait had the right to hold native title over the Murray Islands, society's attitudes towards Native Title has evolved. In this clip, listen to the opinions of key players in the struggle ...

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Balancing opposing views on native title

The Mabo decision of 1992 created uncertainty for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, as well as for the mining and pastoral industries. Public and 'leasehold' land was subject to native title claims. Listen to the responses of Indigenous leaders and the mining industry as the effects of the High Court decision ...

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Celebrating native title on Ruby Tuesday

Have you ever had to compromise to achieve a good result? When opposition to native title threatened to suspend the long-standing Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (RDA), former prime minister Paul Keating and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders had to compromise to save the RDA and native title. Watch as negotiations ...

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The politics of native title

What were the politics surrounding the issue of native title in 1993? Former prime minister Paul Keating's support for the granting of native title was not popular with all Australians. Many of his Labor colleagues were uncomfortable about it. Listen as Tim Fischer, then leader of the National Party, declares his position ...

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Native title: 200 years in the making

What do you know about the struggle for native title in Australia? On 3 June 1992 the High Court of Australia handed down a landmark ruling that acknowledged that the Meriam people of the Torres Strait had the right to hold native title over their islands (Murray, or Mer, Dauar and Waier). Find out more about this critical ...

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Native title begins with an act of recognition

Following the recognition of native title by the High Court of Australia in June 1992, the establishment of a process for ensuring that it was awarded fairly and responsibly was needed. This process came to be enshrined in the Native Title Act of 1993. Listen as key players in the development of the Act explain its importance. ...

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Prime Minister Keating's Redfern address, 1992

On 10 December 1992, Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating delivered a speech in Redfern, Sydney at a celebration of the International Year of the World's Indigenous People. The speech addressed many of the injustices suffered by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the previous 200 years. Today, it is regarded ...

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Oodgeroo Noonuccal

This collection of 13 digital curriculum resources focuses on Oodgeroo Noonuccal (1920-93), renowned Indigenous poet, activist and artist. It is organised into four categories - her life; role as an activist; fame as a poet; and emergence as a visual artist. The collection includes photographs, a pamphlet, a leaflet, interviews, ...

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A sense of time - unit of work

In this unit of work students develop an awareness of the passage of time and how events of the past can shape people's view of the present. It focuses on people who have lived and now live in the Murray-Darling Basin. Students will investigate their own personal histories, the exploration of the Murray-Darling Basin, all ...

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Djarrwark ga Dhalwanu, 1998

This is one of 80 bark paintings in the Saltwater Collection, created by artists of the Yolgnu people of north-east Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. These works highlight the issue of Indigenous land and sea rights and use sacred art to inform balanda (non-Indigenous people) of Aboriginal land ownership, in order ...

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Remaining impacts from fishing

This resource about the impacts of fishing on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is provided on the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) website. The introduction explains that fishing is the principal extractive use of the Great Barrier Reef targeting a range of species including fish, sharks, crabs and prawns, ...

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Managing multiple uses

This Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) resource is about the management of multiple uses of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), a major area for tourism and recreation, an internationally important scientific resource and an important area for Defence training. It explains that the GBR is central to the culture ...

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Remembering Eddie Mabo

This is a webpage with an embedded 3 minute video clip showing teacher and Torres Strait Islander elder Douglas Bon and a small panel of senior students discussing his family relative, Eddie Mabo, and the importance of land rights to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The web page has a detailed section on the ...

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The Bark Petition

This is a webpage with an embedded 3-minute video clip showing senior curator Franchesca Cubillo explaining the cultural importance of the 1963 Bark Petition to a small group of senior students. It was produced by the National Film and Sound Archive. Included on the web page are a detailed section about the origin of the ...

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Mabo: the native title revolution

This a multi-layered website about the life and times of Eddie Mabo and the part he played in Indigenous land rights, produced by the National Sound and Film Archive. There are section headings on: The Mabo film; Mer; The man; The case; Native title; Land rights; and Terra Nullius. Each heading has multiple subheadings ...

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Kimberley area gets Indigenous protection

This is a resource about the Wunambal Gaambera people’s achievement of native title for 26,000 sq km of their country in the northern Kimberley area of Western Australia and their declaration of about 3,400 sq km as the Uunguu (‘living home’) Indigenous Protected Area (IPA). The resource consists of an online article from ...

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3 June: a significant date - the Mabo decision

This is a two-page PDF fact sheet that provides information related to Mabo decision of 1992, which recognised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ rights as the traditional owners of their land. Named after Eddie Mabo, the ten-year court case fought for the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples ...

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Year 10 history assessment - Rights and freedoms in Australia

This is an assessment package that uses the Year 10 Australian Curriculum history achievement standard to gather evidence about how well students have demonstrated what they know, what they understand and what they can do for the depth study 'Rights and Freedoms (1945 – present)'. Students plan and deliver a spoken presentation ...