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Earliest inhabitants of the Australian continent and Torres Strait Islands

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Indigenous Australians are people who are descended from groups that lived in Australia and surrounding islands before British colonisation. They include the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Australia. The term Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is preferred by many; First Nations of Australia, First Peoples of Australia and First Australians are also increasingly common terms.


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Warnings about COVID-19 are being translated into Aboriginal languages to reach all Australians

Language barriers in parts of the Northern Territory are being broken down so all Australians can access important messaging about the coronavirus pandemic.
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Coronavirus: Why are Australia's remote Aboriginal communities at risk?

Australia is severely restricting access to remote Aboriginal communities amid coronavirus fears.
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COVID-19: Indigenous Australians in the Top End are being offered free transport to return to country

Amid fears over the spread of coronavirus, an initiative in the Top End is helping First Nations people reunite with their families.
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Lawyers step up efforts to block deportation of man who says he is an Indigenous Australian

Lawyers are continuing to fight to stop a man who says he is an Aboriginal Australian from being deported, following revelations 23 other people in immigration detention are trying to prove their..
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Nova Peris reveals extent of racial abuse she faced as a senator

The first female Indigenous Australian elected to Federal Parliament has explained why she stepped away from politics and isn't ruling out a return.
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Another Indigenous man leaves immigration detention following 'Aboriginal aliens' ruling

A Home affairs Official has confirmed another Indigenous man has left immigration detention, three weeks after the High Court's landmark "Aboriginal aliens" ruling.
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Indigenous families with children with autism 'isolated' by lack of tailored support and services

The first major report into autism in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities has revealed a lack of tailored support and services is leaving many families feeling uncertain about their..
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WA cop arrested over fatal shooting

A police officer has been arrested as a suspect after a troubled Aboriginal woman was shot dead in Western Australia's Mid West region last year.
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Peter Dutton still 'very angry' about Aboriginal 'aliens' High Court ruling

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has again accused the High Court of undermining Australia's border protection regime after a landmark ruling on deportations.
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Australia: NSW police scheme 'targeted' Aboriginal children

A report says 72% of the children being monitored were "possibly Aboriginal" but police dispute this.
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Kevin Rudd warns Scott Morrison not to 'crabwalk' away from responsibility on Closing the Gap

Kevin Rudd has cautioned Prime Minister Scott Morrison against shirking responsibility on Closing the Gap on inequalities faced by Indigenous Australians.
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Centrelink, welfare staff barred for months from Aboriginal land

The workers, which included those from the Australian Electoral Commission, were barred from the South Australian land over a dispute with a land rights holder.
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Twelve years since the National Apology, Australia's 'journey of healing' has a long way to go

SBS News looks back at Kevin Rudd's apology speech and what it has meant for Indigenous Australians.
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Hope amidst the heartache: Closing the gap in remote Australia

The Morrison government pledged to partner with Indigenous people to refresh the failing close the gap strategy. In remote Queensland, one Aboriginal community has taken matters into its own hands.
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Ken Wyatt says improving Indigenous Australians' daily lives is more important than constitutional recognition

Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt says he's more focused on making the daily lives of Indigenous Australians better rather than constitutional recognition.
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High Court to rule on whether Australia can deport two Aboriginal 'aliens'

The High Court will decide on whether the Australian government can deport two Aboriginal "aliens".
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Ancestry squabble damages Indigenous cause

Bruce Pascoe says he feels "obliged" to identify himself as Aboriginal after his experience with Indigenous people who helped unravel his ancestry.
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First Peoples sing with one voice: this anthem is not ours and at last the NRL hears

A Bundjalung and Yorta Yorta man explains why Indigenous Australians are rejoicing now that the NRL has heeded their call and dumped the national anthem from the All Stars match.
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Racism fear amid WA police report on fines

Aboriginal advocates are concerned racism is a factor after a WA police report found indigenous drivers received more on-the-spot fines than other people.
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John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova slammed for protest to rename Margaret Court arena after Aboriginal sporting star

On the same day Aboriginal Australian Ashleigh Barty became the first local woman to reach the Australian Open semifinals in 36 years, a protest called for Margaret Court Arena to be renamed after..
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AFP dismisses claims Dark Emu author faked Aboriginal heritage for profit

Federal police have thrown out an investigation into claims that historian and author Bruce Pascoe financially benefited by falsely claiming Aboriginal ancestry. 
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Aboriginal youth detained at 23 times the rate of non-Indigenous kids, report shows

Aboriginal youth are detained at a rate of more than 20 times that of non-Indigenous Australians in the youth justice system, a report released on Wednesday shows.
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Aboriginal youth over-represented in jail

Aboriginal youth are detained at a rate of more than 20 times that of non-indigenous Australians in the youth justice system, a new report shows.
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‘We’re better when we’re united’: Aboriginal musicians get behind Australia Day

Isaiah Firebrace and William Barton will be performing their music on Australia Day. The pair say that, on the back of a devastating fire season, 2020 Australia Day is a time to come together.
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Indigenous Australians Minister dismisses call for Aboriginal identity register

A call from a prominent Indigenous business leader to develop a national database of Indigenous heritage has been rejected by Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt.
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Australia fires: Aboriginal planners say the bush 'needs to burn'

What would happen if Australia followed the ancient bushfire management practices of Aboriginal people?
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Up to 10,000 dehydrated camels will be killed in Australia as the country faces catastrophic ...

up to 10,000 dehydrated camels will be killed in australia as the country faces catastrophic ...
Aboriginal officials in Australia's Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands have approved a five-day cull of wild camels and other feral animals. Officials said that the camels are..
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'Camel control': Officials approve killing up to 10,000 Australian camels

Aboriginal officials in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands agreed to an "aerial cull" of nearly 10,000 feral camels in the area. - Published

The art project for Indigenous prisoners that has reduced rates of reoffending

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Victoria's prison system are being supported to create and sell their work in an effort to provide an avenue to change. Here, SBS News meets participants in..
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McDonald's sacks Australian franchisee over race row video

A video which showed the man berating his Aboriginal neighbour has caused outrage in Australia.
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Queensland Liberal National Party leader apologises for racist Schoolies video

Deb Frecklington has acknowledged youth members of the Liberal National Party she leads made a racist video about Aboriginal culture.
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LNP leader 'sorry' over racist video

Deb Frecklington has acknowledged that youth members of the Liberal National Party she leads made a racist video about Aboriginal culture.
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Noongars' $290 billion compo claim will transform Indigenous Australia: lawyer

The action, if successful, will be the largest compensation claim in the world – and the firm is preparing other cases in WA, New South Wales and Queensland.
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'You say accident, we say murder': Anger after coroner clears prison officers over David Dungay death

The NSW coroner has found prison officials who restrained an Aboriginal man shortly before he died in custody were not motivated by malicious intent.
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Death in the heart of the desert is rewriting the usual script

There are signs that this time, whatever the truth behind the death of a young Aboriginal man, it will be brought to light.
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'Time for compassion': Minister calls for calm over fatal NT police shooting

Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt flew to Alice Springs on Thursday as anger grew over the police shooting of a young Aboriginal man.
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Linda Burney says Yuendumu murder charge doesn't address Aboriginal community's frustrations

Linda Burney says the alleged police murder of an Indigenous man has highlighted frustrations about the treatment of First Nations people in the Northern Territory.
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Thousands attend rally in Alice Springs after fatal shooting of young Aboriginal man

The Warlpiri people have called for the trial of a police officer charged with the murder of a young Aboriginal man to be held locally in Yuendumu.
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Kumanjayi Walker: Policeman charged with Aboriginal teenager's murder

Kumanjayi Walker's shooting death in Australia has prompted anger and protests across the country.
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Sydney’s Inner West Council scraps Australia Day celebrations to recognise Indigenous Australians

The Inner West Council has voted to move festivities usually held on Australia Day and encourage constituents to attend the Aboriginal Yabun festival.
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Indigenous Australians are struggling to fill in Centrelink forms, Ken Wyatt says

Indigenous Australians Minister Ken Wyatt says there are increasing reports some Indigenous people are not claiming income support due to low literacy levels.
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Literacy 'an issue' in Aboriginal welfare

Some Aboriginal people's literacy skills were so poor they were not claiming social security benefits, Indigenous Australians Minister Ken Wyatt said.
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The remote South Australian dialysis unit keeping Aboriginal patients on country

Some Aboriginal dialysis patients of the remote APY Lands used to have to move over a thousand kilometres away from their community to get treatment, but this centre is helping them stay on country.
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My life wasn't worth living. Now it is. My aim is to work myself out of a job in suicide prevention

An Aboriginal man awarded the Australian Mental Health Prize links problems in Indigenous communities to trauma "deeply embedded within the core of our DNA".
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Sydney council moves to scrap Australia Day celebrations in favour of Aboriginal Yabun festival

A local council in Sydney will vote next week on a proposal to change the way January 26 is marked to better reflect the views of Indigenous Australians.
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From Alice Springs to the Big Apple, Jordan Armstrong is following his uncle's footsteps

The 27-year-old is among a handful of Indigenous Australians sponsored to run the New York Marathon on Sunday.
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Mixed reviews from Indigenous leaders for Wyatt's Voice co-design process

Aboriginal community leaders in NSW and Victoria signalled they would engage with a new co-design process if it allows them to build on existing governance structures. 
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'We have to do this properly': Ken Wyatt defends Coalition's plan for a 'voice to government'

Ken Wyatt has rejected the idea the Coalition's 'voice to government' for Indigenous Australians goes against community demands for constitutional recognition.
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Ken Wyatt defends 'voice to government' as Marcia Langton and Tom Calman named leaders of advisory group

Ken Wyatt has rejected the idea the Coalition's 'voice to government' for Indigenous Australians goes against community demands for constitutional recognition.
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An Indigenous voice: Let's make it easier for the next Neville Bonner to be heard

For too long policy making for Indigenous Australians has seen governments do things to Indigenous Australians rather than with us.
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