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2013

  1. August

    Tiwi Islander Rob Collins wins the role of the kind-hearted leader Mufasa in the Disney musical The Lion King.

  2. 7 August

    The High Court of Australia unanimously uphelds the Torres Strait Sea Claim, paving the way for native title rights to commercial fishing over 44,000 km2. It is the largest native title claim to sea country in Australia’s history in the Torres Strait. The claim was lodged in 2001 and initially had been part of the original Mabo case.

  3. 12 August

    The Euahlayi Nation, whose traditional lands straddle the border in upper western NSW and lower southwest Queensland,  declares independence from the Commonwealth.

  4. September

    The Queensland Museum in Brisbane returns remains of Aboriginal people to the Balonne River region.

  5. 7 September

    Tony Abbott becomes Prime Minister of Australia. His Aboriginal policy declares that “Australia will, in effect, have a prime minister for indigenous affairs and a dedicated indigenous affairs minister.”

  6. October

    Australian South Sea Islanders elect their first national governing body which creates a national secretariat, board of directors and an ethics council.

  7. 12 November

    Nova Peris (Australian Labor Party) becomes Senator for the Northern Territory and the first Aboriginal woman to enter federal parliament.

  8. 12 November

    Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett compulsorily acquires 3,414 hectares at James Price Point in the Kimberley to develop a supply base and gas processing hub.

    He calls it self-determination; we call it standing on our own feet with a gun to our head. — Wayne Barker, spokesman for the Jabirr-Jabirr [1]

2014

  1. In the court case Ngurampaa v Balonne Shire Council, the Queensland Minister for Natural Resources and Mines (with responsibility for Lands) presents in writing an admission that there are no cession documents, nor surrender documents as a result of war, relating to the Euahlayi peoples, neither are there any documents to show that the Euahlayi Peoples’ allodial title to land was transferred to the Crown’s land tenure system.

  2. [In a]ll of Arnhem Land, we still maintain our law, maintain our language and have our land. We have not been conquered. We need our society recognised. — Djiniyini Goṉḏarra, Yolngu Nations Assembly spokesperson [2]

  3. The federal government-appointed Advisory Committee for Indigenous Repatriation hands over its National Resting Place Consultation report, recommending a keeping place for Aboriginal remains that could not be returned to country. [3]

  4. Actress Rosalie Kunoth-Monks is named the NT Australian of the Year for 2015. She played the lead role in the film Jedda in 1953 at age 17.

  5. January

    Chair of the Indigenous Advisory Council, Warren Mundine, and Prime Minister Tony Abbott both express their interest in a treaty. Rather than make a single treaty between the federal government and Australia’s Aboriginal people in general, they suggest individual treaties with each nation or language group.

  6. 25 January

    AFL player Adam Goodes becomes Australian of the Year “for his leadership and advocacy in the fight against racism both on the sporting field and within society”.

  7. 26 January

    The late Dr Yunupingu from Aboriginal band Yothu Yindi posthumously receives the Companion of the Order of Australia, one of Australia’s highest honours. The award recognises the highest degree of service to humanity.

  8. 26 January

    Townsville Council for the first time officially celebrates both Survival Day (on 24 January) and Australia Day (on 26 January).

  9. March

    The government proposes legislation to repeal some parts of Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act which were used to sue Andrew Bolt for racially vilifying fair-skinned Aboriginal people. After massive protests from all sections of the community it drops its proposal in August.

  10. April

    Sydney artist Daniel Boyd becomes the first Aboriginal man to win the Bulgari Art Award, one of Australia’s most esteemed contemporary art prizes, for his work Untitled 2014.

  11. 11 April

    The inaugural Australian Indigenous Fashion Week (AIFW) is held in Sydney, showcasing Aboriginal fashion, textiles and accessories from across Australia.

  12. 28 April

    Jack Charles becomes the first Aboriginal person to win a lifetime achievement award at the Victorian Green Room Awards for the show Jack Charles v the Crown.

References

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[1] 'Indigenous empowerment is being able to say no', ABC News 11/10/2013
[2] 'Indigenous Treaties', Yolngu Nations Assembly media statement 30/1/2014
[3] 'The government must bring the stolen Indigenous dead home', The Guardian 5/10/2017

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