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Earliest inhabitants of the Australian continent and Torres Strait Islands

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Indigenous Australians are the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Australia, descended from groups that existed in Australia and surrounding islands before British colonisation. The time of arrival of the first Indigenous peoples on the continent and nearby islands is a matter of debate among researchers. The earliest conclusively human remains found in Australia are those of Mungo Man LM3 and Mungo Lady, which have been dated to around 50,000 years BP. Recent archaeological evidence from the analysis of charcoal and artefacts revealing human use suggests a date as early as 65,000 BP. Luminescence dating has suggested habitation in Arnhem Land as far back as 60,000 years BP. Evidence of fires in South-West Australia suggest 'human presence in Australia 120,000 years ago', although more research is required. Genetic research has inferred a date of habitation as early as 80,000 years BP. Other estimates have ranged up to 100,000 years and 125,000 years BP.

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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.
The Age - Published

'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.
The Age - Published

Videos for Indigenous Australians


Australia to wear indigenous jersey against Uruguay [Video]Australia to wear indigenous jersey against Uruguay

Aboriginal Australian Kurtley Beale will be in the team wearing the Wallabies' indigenous jersey when they play Uruguay on Saturday.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 00:37Published

 

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.
SBS - Published

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.
The Age - Published

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.
SBS - Published

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.
SBS - Published

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.
SBS - Published

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.
SBS - Published

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".
The Age - Published

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.
SBS - Published

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.
The Age - Published

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. 
The Age - Published

'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.
SBS - Published

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.
SBS - Published

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.
The Age - Published

PTSD diagnoses for Indigenous Australians needs a rethink, expert says

For Indigenous Australians who were put in out-of-home care with mental illness, post traumatic stress disorder might not be the best diagnosis.
The Age - Published

A ban on climbing Uluru is about to start

Uluru will be closed to climbers from this Saturday, ending a controversial chapter in the history of the sacred Aboriginal site.
SBS - Published

‘Urgent need’: Demands for national commissioner for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children

There are widespread calls for a national commissioner for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people over an ‘urgent need’ to combat discrimination and disadvantage.
SBS - Published

Victorian government rejects push to recognise Indigenous heritage and rename Yarra River

Melbourne City Council could soon consult with Aboriginal leaders on a plan to rename the Yarra River, in the heart of the city.
SBS - Published

Victorian government rejects plan to rename Yarra River and recognise its Indigenous heritage

Melbourne City Council could soon consult with Aboriginal leaders on a plan to rename the Yarra River, in the heart of the city.
SBS - Published

Push to consult with Aboriginal groups and rename Melbourne’s Yarra River

Melbourne City Council could soon consult with Aboriginal leaders on a plan to rename the Yarra River, in the heart of the city.
SBS - Published

Don't silence our Voice, minister: Uluru leaders condemn backward step

After years of building consensus for a Voice to Parliament, Indigenous leaders say Aboriginal minister Ken Wyatt is backtracking on First Australians' hopes.
The Age - Published

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