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Bill Shorten – Address to Garma Festival 2017

Bill Shorten – Address to Garma Festival 2017

I cannot be any more clear than this: Labor supports a voice for Aboriginal people in our Constitution, we support a declaration by all parliaments, we support a truth-telling commission. We are not confronted by the notion of treaties with our first Australians. For us the question is not whether we do these things, the question is not if we should do these things but when and how. The Parliament needs to be engaged. The Parliament needs to be engaged now. The Parliament needs to start the process of engaging with the people of Australia now.

Essential documents from Aboriginal Australia: 1 – the 1963 Yirrkala Bark Petitions

Essential documents from Aboriginal Australia: 1 – the 1963 Yirrkala Bark Petitions

Bukudjulni gonga’yurri napurrunha Yirrkalalili yulnunha malanha Balamumu, Narrkala, Gapiny, Miliwurrwurr, nanapurru dhuwala mala, ga Djapu, Mangalili, Madarrpa, Magarrwanalmirri, Djambarrpuynu, Marrkulu, Gumaitj, Galpu, Dhaluangu, Wangurri, Warramirri, Naymil, Riritjingu malamanapanmirri djal dhunapa.

Nigel Scullion. “The Land is our Backbone.” Address to Garma 2016

Nigel Scullion. “The Land is our Backbone.” Address to Garma 2016

I would like to acknowledge the absolute horrors that have occurred within the Don Dale Correctional Facility. I, like everyone who saw the footage this week, was shocked and appalled by the mistreatment of children at the detention centre. Every child in our justice system must be treated with humanity and respect at all times. Nigel Scullion, Garma Festival, 30 July 2016

Vale Mr. Yunupingu 1956 – 2013

Vale Mr. Yunupingu 1956 – 2013

Vale Mr. Yunupingu. Taken too soon. 1956-2013

When the Pleiades come to earth – the seven Yunupingu sisters of Yirrkala

When the Pleiades come to earth – the seven Yunupingu sisters of Yirrkala

It is unsurprising that across Aboriginal Australia the Pleiades - and their heavenly companions in Orion's Belt - are very much alive as actors in culture, life and the seasonal calendars that provided essential relationship between the lived here-and-now and the journeys and adventures of the heroic ancestors.

Of “Welsh-born women and Arnhem-born men”…the PM goes to Yirrkala

Of “Welsh-born women and Arnhem-born men”…the PM goes to Yirrkala

Friends. We meet here, your country. We meet here, on Australian soil, our country. And we come together in this place, at this time, to celebrate a moment uniquely yours, uniquely Australian. We celebrate an agreement between the traditional owners of this land and a mining giant.

Alice Desert Festival diary day two – the Bush Bands Bash

Alice Desert Festival diary day two – the Bush Bands Bash

The best band of the night for mine on the night was the Iwantja Band from the remote South Australia town of Indulkana. They didn't have the slick moves and showmanship of Papunya's Tjupi Band but they sure had their musical chops down.