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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.
More than 30 years after the Mabo decision the Queensland government returns the title over the Murray Islands back to the Meriam people.
Singer Jessica Mauboy wins the prestigious ARIA Award for best female artist.
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.
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 .
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 .
The Australian Parliament passes with bi-partisan support the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Bill 2012 which recognises the unique and special place of Aboriginal people and sets out a review process to progress the route to a referendum.
The Northern Territory Country Liberal Party elects Gamilaroi man Adam Giles (Country Liberal Party) as Chief Minister. He is the first Aboriginal person to head an Australian government.
Murrawarri people from the Culgoa River region of northern New South Wales declare their sovereignty of their lands under the name of the Murrawarri Republic. Along with the boundaries of their republic they also present their own flag. The Peoples Council of the Murrawarri Republic held its first meeting at Weilmoringle on 13 July 2013.
The federal government grants environmental approval to Toro Energy’s Wiluna project, the first uranium mine in Western Australia.
The Western Australian government replaces the word ‘Indigenous’ with the word ‘Aboriginal’ in their official documents, and also changes the “Department of Indigenous Affairs” to the “Department of Aboriginal Affairs”.
The Charité Medical Museum in Berlin returns remains of 33 individuals, the first return of Aboriginal remains from Germany . As the first German scientific institution, Charité in November 2008 signed an agreement with Australia for a "dignified burial" of Aboriginal remains.
A 13-year-old girl calls Sydney Swans Aboriginal rugby player Adam Goodes an “ape”, shattering the star. The racist incident comes 20 years after Aboriginal player Nicky Winmar pointed proudly to his black chest in a similar incident. Another comment by television presenter Eddie McGuire a few days later sparks a national debate about racism.
Yothu Yindi lead singer Yunupingu dies of kidney disease at his home in Yirrkala in Eastern Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, aged 56.
The Musée du Quai Branly (MQB) in Paris unveils the largest Australian Aboriginal public artwork in the world on its roof, a detail of Lena Nyadbi’s painting Dayiwul Lirlmim (Scales of the Barramundi). The permanent artwork is only viewable from atop the Eiffel Tower.
Kevin Rudd becomes Prime Minister (again).
Marrickville Council in Sydney's Inner West becomes the first local government body to pass a motion opposing income management. It passes the motion in support of local community services who placed a work ban on referring people to the scheme.
The government expands compulsory income management in the five trial sites and the Northern Territory.
Australia Post honours 5 “eminent” Aboriginal people in a stamp issue: Shirley Smith AM, Neville Bonner AO, Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Eddie “Koiki” Mabo and Charles Perkins AO.
The Victorian Government appoints Aboriginal man Andrew Jackomos as Victoria’s - and Australia’s - first Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Youth. The appointment of an Aboriginal children’s commissioner was one of the recommendations arising out of the Protecting Victoria’s Vulnerable Children Inquiry.
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'Income management admin costs over a million a year: Report', National Indigenous Radio Service, 31/1/2013
 'Landmark Stolen Generations Test Case Begins in Perth', http://www.als.org.au, retrieved 11/2/2013
 'Indigenous Remains To Come Home From Germany', artsHub, 22/4/2013, au.artshub.com/au/news-article/news/arts/indigenous-remains-to-come-home-from-germany-195097, retrieved 30/4/2013