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  1. 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.

  2. The federal government grants environmental approval to Toro Energy’s Wiluna project, the first uranium mine in Western Australia.

  3. Politics

    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”.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Arts

    Yothu Yindi lead singer Yunupingu dies of kidney disease at his home in Yirrkala in Eastern Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, aged 56.

  7. Arts

    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.

  8. Politics

    Kevin Rudd becomes Prime Minister (again).

  9. 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.

  10. The government expands compulsory income management in the five trial sites and the Northern Territory.

  11. Arts Stamps

    Australia Post honours five “eminent” Aboriginal people in a stamp issue: Shirley Smith AM, Neville Bonner AO, Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Eddie “Koiki” Mabo and Charles Perkins AO.

    A set of five stamps showing the headshots of Aboriginal leaders.
    All of these Aboriginal leaders have passed – be mindful of that when showing them to Aboriginal people.
  12. Politics

    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.

  13. Arts

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

  14. 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.

  15. Self-determination

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

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

  17. Politics

    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.”

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

  19. Land & land rights

    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. Describing the area as "unremarkable", he failed to acknowledge dinosaur prints of global importance.

    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
  20. Politics

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

References

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[1] '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
[2] 'Indigenous empowerment is being able to say no', ABC News 11/10/2013

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Korff, J 2022, Timeline results for 2011, <https://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/timeline/searchResults?page=4&q=&category=any&yearFrom=2011&yearTo=>, retrieved 12 August 2022

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