Aboriginal timeline: Recognition

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2021

  1. The Irish Australian embassy on Dublin’s St Stephen Green makes history by being among the first Australian diplomatic outposts to permanently fly the Aboriginal flag. (Some Aboriginal people live in Ireland, and about 5% of Australia's Aboriginal people reported Irish ancestry in the 2016 Census.)

  2. The Reserve Bank of Australia becomes an inaugural member of the International Central Bank Network for Indigenous Inclusion. The Te Pūtea Matua (Reserve Bank of New Zealand), Bank of Canada and the Reserve Bank of Australia formed this voluntary network on 1 January 2021 to share knowledge and best practices, promote engagement with Indigenous Peoples and foster greater understanding and education about Indigenous economic issues and histories. The network's inaugural meeting is on 2 June 2021.

  3. Exactly four years after it was released, the Uluru Statement from the Heart is awarded the Sydney peace prize for 2021. The judging panel said the Uluru statement was a “powerful and historic offering of peace” and a “clear and comprehensive agenda for healing and peace within our nation”.

  4. The ABC’s current affairs program 7.30 starts using Aboriginal place names when it introduces places on its program to improve representation of the Aboriginal community in its programming and make the public use more frequently Aboriginal names, voices and languages. The names are shown on the straps across the screen that appear in the news and sit alongside the official government name for cities and towns.

  5. Australia Post launches new packaging with a dedicated space for traditional Aboriginal place names above the street address, following up on an update to their addressing guidelines in November 2020. The new parcel post designs and express post satchels also include an Acknowledgment of Country.

2022

  1. The NSW government decides to permanently replace the NSW flag on the Sydney Harbour Bridge with the Aboriginal flag, abandoning a plan to install a third flag pole at a cost of $25m. The change is effective immediately.

  2. The Prime Minister Anthony Albanese uses a Garma festival speech to suggest the question for a referendum on a First Nations voice to parliament:

    Proposed question: "Do you support an alteration to the constitution that establishes an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice?"

    Proposed words added to the Constitution:

    • There shall be a body, to be called the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice.
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice may make representations to parliament and the executive government on matters relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
    • The parliament shall, subject to this constitution, have power to make laws with respect to the composition, functions, powers and procedures of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice.

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[136436] 'Uluru Statement from the Heart awarded 2021 Sydney peace prize', The Guardian 21/5/2021
[166340] 'Anthony Albanese reveals ‘simple and clear’ wording of referendum question on Indigenous voice', The Guardian Australia 30/7/2022

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Korff, J 2022, Aboriginal timeline: Recognition, <https://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/history/australian-aboriginal-history-timeline/recognition?page=4>, retrieved 10 December 2022

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