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2012

  1. March

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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 [1]

  4. April

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

  5. 2 April

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

  6. 2 May

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

  7. 18 June

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43,000 signatures to the Australian government supporting Aboriginal demands that the Stronger Futures legislation be withdrawn.

  8. 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.

  9. July

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

  10. July

    Second progress scorecard of the Stolen Generations Working Partnership.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 27 October

    The Martin-Luther University, Halle, Germany announces to return 4 skeletons and 3 skulls to Australia, but does not give a date [2].

  15. 12 December

    In an historic day for Australia, SBS begins broadcasting nationally a dedicated Aboriginal TV service available free-to-air for the first time. The new channel incorporates NITV (National Indigenous Television) on SBS4 (digital channel 34) and starts at 12pm on 12/12/2012.

  16. 15 December

    More than 30 years after the Mabo decision the Queensland government returns the title over the Murray Islands back to the Meriam people.

2013

  1. Singer Jessica Mauboy wins the prestigious ARIA Award for best female artist.

  2. Josephine (Josie) Farrer (Australian Labor Party) is elected to the Western Australian Legislative Assembly, representing the seat of Kimberley in Western Australia. Jacqui Lambie (Palmer United Party) is elected Senator for Tasmania.

  3. January

    A report by the Australian National Audit Office finds the federal government spends more than $100 million per year to administer income management in the Northern Territory. More than 17,000 people are on income management at the end of June 2012, costing the Commonwealth government between $6,600 and $7,900 dollars per person, per year [3].

  4. 4 February

    The Supreme Court of Western Australia in Perth begins a "landmark" Stolen Generations test case which started in 2010 when law firm Lavan Legal lodged a Writ on behalf of 9 members of the Collard family, including parents Donald and Sylvia, whose children were removed without consent and placed in state care between 1958 and 1961 [4].

References

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[1] 'Fraser labels NT intervention laws 'racist'', ABC Online, www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2012/s3449248.htm, retrieved 14/3/2012
[2] 'Martin-Luther-Universität gibt Skelette an die Aborigines zurück', Die Welt 27/10/2012
[3] 'Income management admin costs over a million a year: Report', National Indigenous Radio Service, 31/1/2013
[4] 'Landmark Stolen Generations Test Case Begins in Perth', http://www.als.org.au, retrieved 11/2/2013

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