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2012

  1. 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 [1].

    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 [1]

  2. Western Australia renames the Foundation Day public holiday (first Monday in June) as Western Australia Day, for the first time in legislation recognising Aboriginal people as the original inhabitants and traditional custodians of Western Australia.

  3. 26 January

    40th anniversary poster of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy
    40th anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy.

    The Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra celebrates its 40th anniversary. An incident where the Prime Minister was disturbed by around 50 protesters outside a restaurant makes security guards drag her hurriedly into a car. She loses a shoe, gaining her the nickname ‘Gingerella’ (alluding to Cinderella and PM Julia Gillard’s red hair). Media reports grossly exaggerate the events.

  4. February

    Gadigal-Wirradjuri man Matthew Myers becomes the first Aboriginal Australian to be appointed to the bench of the federal court.

  5. 14 February

    Three former Aboriginal children’s homes are added to the NSW State Heritage RegisterCootamundra, Bomaderry Aboriginal Children’s Home and Kinchela Aboriginal Boys Training Home.

  6. 25 February

    A Senate Committee reports back to government. The committee had travelled to Hermannsburg , Alice Springs, Maningrida and Darwin to record Aboriginal people's evidence as to the harm that had been done to them by the intervention and their rejection of the new Stronger Futures legislation. Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin, who had asked for the Senate Inquiry, subsequently overrides the findings by bringing in an early vote.

    This unsavoury process shows just how little government cares about the views of Aboriginal people or about working in partnership with NT Aboriginal leaders. — Michelle Harris, journalist [2]

  7. 28 February

    A protest poster reading 'Stop the Intervention - Repeal Stronger Futures'
    Protest poster against the Stronger Futures legislation.

    The Stronger Futures legislation passes through the lower house. Among the new measures is a potential jail term of 6 months for the possession of a single can of beer, and 18 months for more than 1.35 litres of alcohol.

  8. March

    The Department of Indigenous Affairs in Western Australia finally releases the report of its 2008 Stolen Wages TaskforceDownload the 2008 Taskforce report.

  9. March

    Between March and April, Aboriginal people set up tent embassies in Brisbane, Moree and Perth to draw attention to issues such as sovereignty and native title.

  10. 8 March

    On TV Channel ABC, former prime minister Malcolm Fraser criticises the new government legislation on the NT intervention.

    If you could translate it back over 100 years, I think AO Neville, protector from Western Australia, would be proud of this legislation. It is racist. It is paternalistic. — Malcolm Fraser, former prime minister [3]

  11. April

    The first Aboriginal-owned biobank opens in the Hunter Valley.

  12. 2 April

    Veteran Aboriginal country musician Jimmy Little, dies after a long illness, aged 75, at his home in Dubbo in western NSW.

  13. 2 May

    The NSW Governor launches the Justice Reinvestment Campaign which aims to spend more money on prevention and early intervention than imprisonment.

  14. 18 June

    Campaign Stand For Freedom presents 43,000 signatures to the Australian government supporting Aboriginal demands that the Stronger Futures legislation be withdrawn.

  15. 30 June

    Despite fierce resistance and a petition with 43,000 signatures, both government and opposition pass the Stronger Futures legislation, extending the Northern Territory Intervention for another 10 years. The laws introduce tougher penalties for alcohol offences (up to 6 months imprisonment for a single can of beer and 18 months for a 6-pack), extend pornography restrictions and continue to prevent courts from taking customary law or cultural practice into consideration. The law introduces the most severe social security penalty in living memory – a 13 week non-payment period – for parents and carers whose children are not attending school regularly.

  16. July

    The government extends income management to five new trial locations: Bankstown (NSW), Shepparton (VIC), Playford (SA) and Logan and Rockhampton (QLD).

  17. July

    Second progress scorecard of the Stolen Generations Working Partnership.

  18. 9 August

    After widespread outrage and a petition signed by 20,337 people Facebook removes a page of Aboriginal memes which portrays Aboriginal people as drunks who sniff petrol and bludge on welfare.

  19. 15 September

    More than 200 people, including newly arrived asylum seekers, receive an Aboriginal passport. The Aboriginal passport was first introduced in 1988 by Palawa (Tasmanian) activist, Michael Mansell, and was issued to an Aboriginal delegation that visited Libya.

  20. 5 October

    The Australian Ballet announces that with Ella Havelka, a descendant of the Wiradjuri people, for the first time in its 50-year history, an Aboriginal dancer joins the ranks of the national ballet company.

References

View article sources (3)

[1] [1a] 'Long fight for stolen wages for Western Australia's Aboriginal stockmen and women', ABC 27/7/2015
[2] 'Democratic process in tatters', Online Opinion, 29/2/2012, www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=13309, retrieved 3/3/2012
[3] 'Fraser labels NT intervention laws 'racist'', ABC Online, www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2012/s3449248.htm, retrieved 14/3/2012

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