Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Bill 2012

Twenty years ago Paul Keating delivered his famous Redfern speech; five days ago one of Australia’s greatest living musical performers, Gurrumul Yunupingu, was denied access to a Melbourne taxi.

We've still got a long way to go

Two decades earlier his cousin, Mandawuy Yunupingu, lead singer of internationally-acclaimed band, Yothu Yindi, was refused a drink in a Melbourne bar, and last week the Government tabled the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Bill 2012 to the Australian Parliament.

These four events all point to Australia’s ongoing struggle to achieve reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the broader Australian community.

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  • Mr Smith's Apple says:

    06:18pm | 10/12/12

    ronny jonny and etal; This is black fellas land, and our being here is a blink in comparison to how long Aboriginal people have been here.  To say they migrated from somewhere else is to assume that the world looked pretty much like it did 40,000 - 60,000 years ago,… Read more »

  • hammy says:

    05:21pm | 10/12/12

    I agree KJ, It’s okay for every other country and race to be racist, but continue to provide excuses for them and pretend they are not. Read more »


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