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  1. Sport

    Greg Inglis, captain of South Sydney, announces his retirement from rugby league after 14 seasons for health reasons.

  2. Recognition

    The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government establishes the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander agreement 2019–2028 which sets long-term aspirations for improving social, environmental, economic and cultural infrastructure in communities and acknowledges the right to self-determination. Its delivery action plan sets out ten focus areas: children and young people, community leadership, cultural integrity, inclusive community, justice, connecting the community, economic participation, health and wellbeing, housing, and life long learning. The previous agreement ran from 2015–18.

  3. Arts Stamps
    Geometric shapes in the colours of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags
    The commemorative stamp design shows the official logo of the International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019.

    Australia Post issues a stamp commemorating the International Year of Indigenous Languages. There were at least 250 Aboriginal languages in Australia before invasion. Of the 120 or so languages that remain, about 100 are at risk of being lost. Only about 13 languages are alive as a first language spoken by the younger generation.

  4. The Federal Court approves a native title claim of the Bundjalung nation for areas of land and sea around Byron Bay in northern New South Wales, almost 20 years after they lodged it. The claim covers 800 hectares stretching from Broken Head to Brunswick Heads, including Australia's most easterly point at Cape Byron. It is the first positive native title determination in an area of NSW with a dense population.

  5. Politics

    federal election confirms the Liberal/National Coalition and Prime Minister Scott Morrison for another term.

  6. A group of eight Torres Strait Islanders submits a petition against the Australian government to the United Nations Human Rights Committee. The petition alleges that Australia is violating the plaintiffs’ fundamental human rights under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights due to the government’s failure to address climate change.

  7. Recognition

    The International Council on Monuments and Sites, which works for the conservation and protection of cultural heritage places around the world, officially recommends world heritage status for the Budj Bim cultural landscape, a 6,600-year-old, highly sophisticated aquaculture system developed by the Gunditjmara people in south-west Victoria. If successful, it would become the first Australian site listed exclusively for its Aboriginal cultural value.

  8. Politics

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison appoints Ken Wyatt as Australia's first-ever Minister for Indigenous Australians who is actually Aboriginal.

  9. Arts

    Yorta Yorta soprano Deborah Cheetham premières Eumeralla, a War Requiem for Peace, a performance sung entirely in the reclaimed Gunditjmara language, and sold out weeks in advance.

  10. Politics Arts

    Spark Health, an Aboriginal merchandise business, launches a Change.org campaign to open the use of the Aboriginal flag to all Australians after WAM Clothing, the current licensing holder, sent a cease and desist notice to the business. By September 2020 more than 140,000 people had signed the petition.

  11. Sport

    Ashley Barty wins the French Open tennis Grand Slam singles title in Paris as only the second Aboriginal woman (after Evonne Goolagong-Cawley) and is ranked World Number 2.

  12. Prison

    The Northern Territory introduces the Custody Notification Service (CNS) that obliges police to contact the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency after taking an Aboriginal person into custody. The NT government had announced the introduction in 2016.

  13. Sport

    After defeating German Julia Görges in the the Birmingham Classic, Ngaragu woman Ash Barty becomes the first Australian woman in 43 years to reach the top of the tennis singles rankings, after Wiradjuri woman Evonne Goolagong's triumph in 1976.

  14. After a 17-year campaign, the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape near Portland, a 6,600-year-old Aboriginal aquaculture site in south-west Victoria, is added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Older than the pyramids, the site proves that Aboriginal people built channels and pools to harvest eels, and also permanent stone houses. The site is considered one of the largest and oldest aquaculture sites in the world and became the first Australian World Heritage site to be nominated exclusively for Aboriginal cultural values.

  15. Stolen wages

    A class action Hans Pearson took to the federal court in September 2016 on behalf of an estimated 10,000 Aboriginal workers in Queensland who had their wages stolen last century is settled with the state government for $190m. His class action covered 1939 to 1972, when he and his fellow Aboriginal workers had their pay given to the state under the Aboriginals Protection and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Act 1897. It is Australia’s fifth-largest class action settlement.

  16. Treaty

    The Queensland government launches the “Tracks to Treaty” commitment, aimed to give Aboriginal communities greater self-determination and better delivery of services, lift the representation of Aboriginal voices to government, and begin work on negotiating one or more treaties to create a positive shared future.

    [Tracks to Treaty is about] understanding our past, our shared history… but also telling the truth in all of that, and ensuring that truth then lays the path for the future generations.

    — Leeanne Enoch, Environment Minister and Quandamooka woman
  17. Elders bury the remains of 11 Kaurna people in the Glenelg area, SA, which had returned to country from the UK to Canberra earlier this year. The remains of another 800 Kaurna people are still in storage at SA Museum warehouses.

  18. Sport

    Former AFL player and Barranbinya man Tony Armstrong makes his debut on Triple M, becoming the first Aboriginal person to call the AFL on commercial radio.

  19. Treaty

    The Queensland government appoints an 'Eminent Panel' of high profile First Nations and non-Indigenous Queenslanders, supported by a Treaty Working Group, to guide conversations between all Queenslanders about what a treaty might mean to them and how it can look like. The Panel presents its recommendations in February 2020.

  20. Recognition

    Dujuan, a 12-year-old Arrernte/Garrwa boy from central Australia, speaks at the UN Human Rights Council demanding the Australian government to stop sending 10-year-old children to to prison and support Aboriginal-led education models. All Australian states and territories allow 10-year-old children to be arrested, charged and sent to prison. Raising the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14 would bring Australian standards into line with international law. 


View article sources (3)

[1] 'Queensland launches path to treaty with state's Indigenous people', The Guardian 14/7/2019
[2] 'Ancestral remains of the Kaurna people returned to country from UK in emotional Adelaide ceremony', ABC News 1/8/2019
[3] 'Aboriginal child to address UN Human Rights Council and urge Australia to stop sending 10 year olds to prison', Human Rights Law Centre 9/9/2019

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