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  1. 30 January

    The Northern Territory government and traditional owners settle one of the longest native title claims over the Cox Peninsula, about 30 kms west of Darwin. 80% of the area will be designated Aboriginal land for the Larrakia people.

  2. February

    Reconciliation Australia releases the Australian Reconciliation Barometer, a first-ever study on how Aboriginal and other Australians see and feel about each other.

  3. 13 February

    The Australian government promises to establish the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation which will deal with the "trauma experienced by all Aboriginal people as the after-effect of colonisation" [1], but with a particular focus on the Stolen Generations.

    The foundation won't deliver healing services, instead it will fund healing work, educate communities and social workers and evaluate healing programs to find out what works.

  4. 30 March

    The Federal Court makes the largest native title determination in South Australia’s history when it regognises rights of the Adnyamathanha people to land in and around the Flinders Ranges.

  5. April

    The NSW government changes the Aboriginal Trust Fund Repayment Scheme to allow a panel consider larger payouts and take into account non-documentary and oral evidence when considering applications.

  6. 2 April

    The Human Rights Committee report on Australia recommends the government "adopt a comprehensive national mechanism to ensure that adequate reparation, including compensation, is provided to the victims of the Stolen Generations policies" [2]. The Federal-Attorn General decides not to follow that recommendation and rules that no challenge to this decision be allowed.

  7. 3 April

    Australia supports the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). The Howard government had rejected the declaration fearing a separate customary law.

  8. 3 April

    Contrary to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which states that all Aboriginal people have the right to self-determination, the government under the NT intervention dictates how Aboriginal people have to run aspects of their lives. 

  9. May

    The Australian government allocates the largest amount of funding for a single year in the history of federal budgets to Indigenous affairs: A$4.8 billion. The biggest single item with A$106 million is for the Canberra bureaucracy to manage the income of Aboriginal people under the Northern Territory intervention.

  10. 21 May

    Federal and Northern Territory governments respond to the NTER Review Board recommendations.

  11. 25 May

    The Federal government announces a proposal to compulsorily acquire Alice Springs town camps.

  12. June

    Seattle Art Museum, USA is the first US institution that independently initiates a repatriation. It promises to return 'a sacred Aboriginal object' to its traditional land in central Australia and to consult with central Australian elders and representatives [3].

  13. June

    The University College, London, UK, hands over the skulls of three individuals from Victoria's Gunditjmara community and another from the Dja Dja Wurrung nation [4]. It is the first repatriation to Victoria.

  14. June

    From June to August the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) runs consultations and workshops with Aboriginal people in the NT about future directions of the NTER.

  15. 21 June

    Two years since the Northern Territory intervention began. Protests against the NTER held around Australia.

  16. July

    After months of pressure Tangentyere Council reluctantly agrees to hand over Aboriginal community land to the Australian government for 40 years, in return for A$100m to upgrade housing and services in town camps in Alice Springs.

  17. 3 July

    With regards to the NT intervention, the Australian Productivity Commission report reiterates two key points: the need for reliable statistics measuring the effects of government measures, and the importance of community ownership of projects and close consultation between community and government.

    The things that work generally work because of co-operative approaches between government and communities. — Australian Productivity Commissioner

  18. 14 July

    When their community’s sewerage system fails and raw sewage floods the street many members of the Ampilatwatja people walk off to camp in the desert during the Australian winter. They also protest against the NT intervention, ensuring they are no longer subject to the NTER legislation. In August they seek refugee status from the UN as people displaced from their country. ⇒ Aboriginal houses

  19. August

    The Australian government refuses compensation despite the UN being 'concerned about a lack of adequate access to justice' [5] for Indigenous people and recommending the government compensating victims of the Stolen Generations. The UN responded to a formal complaint submitted by the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement in March.

  20. 27 August

    The UN Rapporteur releases his statement on the NT intervention.


View article sources (5)

[1] 'Healing moves a step nearer', Koori Mail 445 p.12
[2] 'Stolen Generations' right to reparation', Koori Mail 458 p.21
[3] 'Sacred Aboriginal object returned from USA', NIT online, nit.com.au/story.aspx?id=18120
[4] 'Etchings talks begin in UK', NIT 6/8/2009 p.12
[5] 'Federal Govt ignores UN Stolen Generations request', www.abc.net.au, 21/8/2009

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