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2011

  1. 16 March

    Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation releases the video FMG’s Great Native Title Swindle showing Fortescue Metals Group head Andrew Forrest addressing a remote Pilbara community meeting. The video shows how powerless and unsupported Aboriginal people are when negotiating with a multibillion-dollar corporation. The video causes big waves in the media.

  2. 24 March

    The Lowitja Institute opens in Melbourne, the first national body solely committed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research. Its naming patron is Aboriginal woman Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue from the Luritja clan of Central Australia.

  3. April

    Benson Saulo from the Wemba Wemba people and raised in Tamworth, is the first Aboriginal person to become Australia’s Youth Representative to the United Nations.

  4. 17 April

    Yindjibarndi woman Jodi Broun and Butchulla man Les Malezer become the first elected national Indigenous leaders since the abolition of ATSIC as they assume the positions of co-chairs of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples.

  5. 25 April

    For the first time, Aboriginal people join on behind the Anzac Day march in Canberra with a banner ‘Lest We Forget the Frontier Wars’.

  6. 8 May

    Aboriginal boxer Lionel Rose dies aged 62. He was the first Aboriginal boxer to win a world title. Famous Aboriginal sports people

  7. 26 May

    The National Sorry Day Committee releases the first progress scorecard of the Stolen Generations Working Partnership.

  8. June

    The Australian Capital Territory gets its first Aboriginal politician when Gamilaroi man Chris Bourke is elected to the ACT Legislative Assembly. Mr Bourke is the son of Prof Colin Bourke, the first Aboriginal person to qualify as a dentist.

  9. June

    From June to August the government holds 'consultations' in NT communities to get feedback on the intervention.

  10. 8 June

    The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples gets the first elected board, giving Aboriginal people the first elected national representative body since the abolition of ATSIC.

  11. 28 September

    The Federal Court of Australia rules that journalist Andrew Bolt has breached the Racial Discrimination Act by challenging the right of people of mixed descent to claim Aboriginal ancestry. He alleges that they fraudulently draw benefits available only to Aboriginal people.

  12. October

    Aboriginal directory service inguides.com.au launches Australia’s first Indigenous mobile application.

  13. October

    In response to the NT intervention, leaders in East Arnhem Land found the Yolngu Nations Assembly (Yolŋu Makarr Dhuni) in Galiwinku to resource practical work toward a treaty for Arnhem Land by facilitating engagement between the Aboriginal Maḏayin form of tribal government and the Westminster forms of governments.

  14. 2 October

    Dr Aunty Ruby Langford Ginibi dies. She was one of Australia’s foremost Aboriginal authors and wrote numerous books, short stories and poetry. Her trademark term was ‘edu-ma-cating’ non-Aboriginal people about Aboriginal peoples’ circumstances and struggle. Aboriginal books

  15. November

    Gamilaroi man Chris Bourke becomes the ACT’s first Aboriginal government minister, taking on the portfolios of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, education and training.

  16. 4 November

    Northern Territory elders and community representatives issue a statement rejecting an extension of the NT intervention legislation. Aboriginal people were "traumatised" by the intervention, and the government should talk to the elected elders instead of a "chosen few".

  17. 10 November

    The government releases an evaluation report of communities affected by the NT intervention which claims that about 80% of people say new police, and 75% better night patrols, improved safety in their communities. The report cites half of the people surveyed strongly agreeing that services had improved. [1]

  18. 23 November

    The Australian government introduces the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Bill 2011 to the Parliament to extend the intervention. The new laws will be reviewed after 7 years and 'sunset' 10 years after their start.

2012

  1. Several Aboriginal politicians are elected to the  Northern Territory Legislative Assembly:

    • Bess Price (Country Liberal Party), representing the seat of Stuart.
    • Francis Kurrupuwu (Country Liberal Party), representing the seat of Arafura.
    • Larisa Lee (Country Liberal Party), representing the seat of Arnhem.
    • Ken Vowles (Territory Labor), representing the seat of Johnston.
  2. The WA State Government announces the Stolen Wages Reparation Scheme which invites people born before 1958 to apply for payments of up to $2,000 if they had directly experienced government control over their income. The Scheme only compensates wages held by the government, not wages held by private industry or for unpaid work. The low amount causes outrage among Aboriginal people. More than 1,200 people receive compensation [2].

    Some people might have spent their entire working lives without receiving any income and the West Australian Government gave them $2,000. — Judy Harrison, lawyer, Kununurra Community Legal Centre [2]

References

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[1] 'Response to NT Intervention heats up, Koori Mail 513 p.8
[2] [2a] 'Long fight for stolen wages for Western Australia's Aboriginal stockmen and women', ABC 27/7/2015

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Korff, J 2019, Timeline results for , <https://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/timeline/searchResults?page=36>, retrieved 22 September 2019

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