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  1. The area extends over the entire south-west corner of Western Australia.
    Map of the South West Native Title Settlement area. (Graphic: WA government)

    After extensive negotiations the Western Australian government signs the South West Native Title Settlement, a set of six Indigenous Land Use Agreements with the Ballardong, Gnaala Karla Booja, South West Boojarah, Wagyl Kaip & Southern Noongar, Whadjuk and Yued groups. It is the largest and most comprehensive native title agreement to settle First Nations interests over land in Australia. The agreement covers 200,000 square kilometres of land, from Jurien on the west coast to Ravensthorpe in the south, and includes the Perth metro area. The settlement applies to Aboriginal Heritage Surveys on all land in the settlement area, including private land. After a lengthy court process, the settlement formally commences on 25 February 2021.

  2. Denise Champion, an Adnyamathanha woman from the Flinders Ranges, becomes the first Aboriginal woman to be ordained as a Christian minister in South Australia.

  3. The Legislative Council refers to the General Purpose Standing Committee No.3 the Inquiry into Reparations for the Stolen Generations in New South Wales.

  4. Sport

    After more than 12 months of ongoing racism by booing fans of opposing teams Adam Goodes withdraws from playing AFL for a week. In support of Adam some media start an “I Stand With Adam” campaign. 150 organisations join together to call for renewed efforts to stamp out racism in sport and everyday life. Goodes quits for good in September after 18 years of professional football.

  5. The Western Australia Aboriginal Legal Service prepares a legal challenge to the Western Australian government's limited compensation offer for stolen wages.

  6. Land & land rights

    Prime Minister Tony Abbott becomes the first prime minister to visit the grave of land rights campaigner Eddie Koiki Mabo on Murray Island in the Torres Strait.

  7. Politics

    Malcolm Turnbull becomes Australia’s 29th Prime Minister, after launching an all-or-nothing leadership challenge against Tony Abbott, the self-declared “prime minister for indigenous affairs”.

  8. Anthony McAvoy becomes Australia’s first Aboriginal silk. He specialises in native title claims.

  9. Politics

    West Australian Aboriginal MP Ken Wyatt becomes the first Aboriginal Member of Parliament to reach the frontbench working as Assistant Health Minister.

  10. The Western Australian government introduces the Noongar (Koorah, Nitja, Boordahwan) (Past, Present, Future) Recognition Bill 2015 to Parliament. The bill proposes to recognise the Noongar people as the traditional custodians of their lands and is the first piece of legislation in the history of the WA Parliament to include text in their language.

  11. Recognition

    The winners of the 2nd National Indigenous Human Rights Awards are Tauto Sansbury (Dr Yunupingu Award for Human Rights), aunty Jenny Munro (Eddie Mabo Award for Social Justice) and Adam Goodes (Anthony Mundine Award for Courage).

  12. The Australian National University returns the bones of Mungo Man, 40 years after their discovery.

  13. South Australia announces a compensation fund worth $11 million for members of the Stolen Generations, the second state after Tasmania to do so. However, half of the money is allocated for memorials, counselling and other indirect compensation. .

  14. Kenneth Dickson, an Elder of the Dunghutti community in NSW, accepts in Hampshire, UK, the remains of a man believed to be aged between 21 and middle age, who was removed originally from Delicate Nobby, near Kempsey, and later donated to the Hampshire County Council Museums Service.

  15. Politics

    Australia appears before the United Nations Human Rights Council’s 2nd Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review.


  1. From 26–27 May the first forums with the Victorian government discuss treaty with more than 400 participants.

  2. Several Aboriginal politicians are elected:

    • Malarndirri McCarthy (Australian Labor Party) is elected to the Senate for the Northern Territory.
    • Patrick Dodson (Australian Labor Party) is selected to represent WA in the Senate.

    Aboriginal politicians elected to the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly:

    • Lawrence Costa (Territory Labor), representing the seat of Arafura.
    • Yingiya Mark Guyula (Independent), representing the seat of Nhulunbuy.
    • Chansey Paeche (Territory Labor), representing the seat of Namatjira.
    • Selena Uibo (Territory Labor), representing the seat of Arnhem.
    • Ngaree Ah Kit (Territory Labor), representing the seat of Karama.

    John Ah Kit and his daughter Ngaree Ah Kit are now the first Aboriginal father and daughter to serve in any state parliament, having both been elected to the Northern Territory Parliament.

  3. Aboriginal languages become a new HSC subject, seven years after the NSW Aboriginal Languages Policy was introduced.

  4. Apple Store and Google Play remove the online game Survival Island 3- Australia Story 3D which told players to “beware of Aborigines” and had them bludgeon Aboriginal people to death to progress through the game. An online petition, started by Aboriginal woman Georgia Mantle, gathered 84,672 signatures in just 5 days.

  5. Arts Stamps
    Evonne Goolagong-Cawley in a scene on the tennis court.
    Tennis legend Evonne Goolagong-Cawley was the first Australian woman to win Wimbledon in 1971.

    One stamp of Australia Post's Australian Legends of Singles Tennis issue features Wiradjuri woman Evonne Goolagong Cawley AO MBE. She won four Australian Open singles between 1974 and 1977 and Wimbledon in 1971 and 1980. When she finished her career in the mid-1980s she had seven Grand Slam singles titles from 18 finals, and 13 major titles in all.


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[1] 'Stolen Generations members to have access to $11 million fund announced by South Australian Government', ABC News 19/11/2015
[2] 'Delicate Nobby Man Comes Home', Aboriginal Art Directory 14/11/2015

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