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Earliest inhabitants of the Australian continent and Torres Strait Islands

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Indigenous Australians are people with familial heritage to groups that lived in Australia before British colonisation. They include the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Australia. The term Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, or the person's specific cultural group, is often preferred, though the terms First Nations of Australia, First Peoples of Australia and First Australians are also increasingly common.

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Brandii was sleeping rough in her teens. Many young Indigenous Australians have shared her experience

A new report by national charity Mission Australia reveals the hurdles faced by young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia.
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Indigenous children with hearing loss are getting help thanks to a new screening tool

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children have some of the highest rates of ear infection in the world, and it can often lead to hearing loss. But a new screening program is helping identify the..
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Fears Indigenous Australians will lose their voice if one of two NT seats in parliament is axed

Politicians from across the divide have warned an Australian Electoral Commission ruling on federal seat changes in the lower house could undermine the representation of Indigenous Australians in the..
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Reg Saunders was the first Aboriginal officer in the army. His legacy still matters today

As 2 September marks 75 years since the end of World War II, the family of Reginald Saunders tell SBS News why he's a hero to all.
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Rio Tinto executives lose bonuses after destruction of ancient Aboriginal caves

Rio Tinto has financially penalised its CEO after the group blew up and destroyed two ancient deep-time rock shelters in Western Australia.
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Why culturally-specific support for Indigenous families is crucial in reducing incarceration rates

A program to connect families with a history of incarceration and trauma in the ACT to Aboriginal-led support organisations has received a funding boost. It’s a step in the right direction say those..
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Painting inspired by artist's late brother wins $50k prize at top Indigenous art awards

Australia’s longest-standing Indigenous art exhibition has moved online this year, with Western Australian artist Ngarralja Tommy May taking out the top prize.
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What the 16 new Closing the Gap targets will actually mean for Indigenous Australians

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have worked in partnership alongside governments for the first time to develop 16 new Closing the Gap targets.
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New Indigenous life expectancy and incarceration targets set in 'historic' Closing the Gap revamp

Sixteen new targets have been set, with all levels of government accountable for improving the health and welfare outcomes of Indigenous Australians.
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Revamped Closing the Gap targets negotiated with Indigenous Australians to be unveiled

Sixteen new targets will be set, with all levels of government accountable for improving the health and welfare outcomes of Indigenous Australians.
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Indigenous peoples strike Australian-first agreement on new Closing the Gap targets

Sixteen new targets will be set, with all levels of government accountable for improving the health and welfare outcomes of Indigenous Australians.
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Western Australia records its third Indigenous prison death in just two months

A man has died in prison in Western Australia's north, becoming the third Aboriginal person to die in custody in WA over the past two months.
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WA records another Aboriginal prison death

A man has died in prison in Western Australia's north, becoming the third Aboriginal person to die in custody in WA over the past two months.
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A unique plumbing course is helping remote Aboriginal communities to save water

A program teaching local Aboriginal people in the remote APY Lands how to fix taps and do basic plumbing maintenance is set to be rolled out across several communities.
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Federal cabinet signs new Closing the Gap deal developed with Indigenous Australians

Federal cabinet has signed off on 16 new Closing the Gap targets to improve Indigenous outcomes on health, education and wellbeing.
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Bid to save NSW Aboriginal sites dismissed

A NSW open-cut coal mine that an Indigenous woman says will destroy culturally significant sites can proceed after a Federal Court challenge failed.
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Australia's first Aboriginal-owned ground station could be vital for space research

The ground station - which helps track fast-moving events such as bushfires and could enhance Australia's space exploration - has begun operating in Alice Springs.
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NSW focus on Aboriginal children in care

The NSW government is stepping up protection for Aboriginal children and young people removed from their homes, after a report on out-of-home care outcomes.
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Smoking rates for Indigenous Australians are dropping faster than the general population

The number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who smoke cigarettes has declined by almost 10 per cent in the last 15 years, new research shows.
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Indigenous man gets US diplomatic post

Benson Saulo, who grew up in Tamworth NSW, has become the first Indigenous Australian to be appointed consul-general to the United States.
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Greens vote in replacement for Di Natale

Aboriginal activist and Victorian MP Lidia Thorpe will fill the seat vacated in the Senate by former Greens leader Richard Di Natale, who has retired.
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Aboriginal group files claims against Australian state over mining area: report

An Aboriginal group has filed two compensation claims against the Western Australian state government for cultural losses on land that it granted to businesses including BHP Group, state broadcaster..
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Australia begins probe into Rio's destruction of Aboriginal site

Australia called for submissions on Thursday to an inquiry into how mining giant Rio Tinto legally blew up two sacred Aboriginal caves that showed human history stretching back at least 46,000 years.
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Investigation launched after video appears to show South Australian police striking Indigenous man during arrest

SA Police has launched an internal investigation after video footage showed officers roughly pinning an Aboriginal man to the ground and appearing to strike him several times.
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Rio Tinto chief says sorry for sacred caves blast; Australia starts inquiry

Rio Tinto Chief Executive Jean-Sebastien Jacques on Friday apologised for distress caused by Rio's destruction last month of two ancient and sacred Aboriginal caves in Western Australia, pledging full..
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Sunrise, Prue MacSween sued for racial vilification over 'Aboriginal adoption' segment

The segment, titled 'Aboriginal adoption' saw commentator Prue MacSween suggest Aboriginal children should be removed from their families "just like the first Stolen Generation".
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An Aboriginal man filmed being tasered by police is appealing his assault conviction

Bodycam footage shows Johanness Manggurra being pepper-sprayed and tasered during his arrest last year. He was charged with assaulting two police officers and has now filed for an appeal in the..
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'Harsh reality': Indigenous Australians aren't surprised by study highlighting racial bias

Three out of four Australians hold a racial bias against Indigenous Australians, according to the research from the Australian National University.
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Three in four Australians hold anti-Indigenous bias

A new survey has revealed the shocking invisible barrier faced by Indigenous Australians, with three in four people holding an unconscious racial bias against them.
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Aboriginal man, 40, dies in custody after collapsing at WA prison

A 40-year-old Aboriginal man has died after collapsing at Acacia Prison in Western Australia, but authorities say his death does not appear to be suspicious.
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WA Aboriginal prisoner dead after collapse

A 40-year-old Aboriginal man has died after collapsing at Acacia Prison in Western Australia, but authorities say his death does not appear to be suspicious.
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NSW police arrest of Indigenous teenager under investigation

NSW police say they have launched an internal investigation into the arrest of an Aboriginal teenage boy in Sydney on Monday.
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Rio Tinto apologises for blowing up 46,000-year-old Aboriginal site

Rio Tinto apologised for the destruction of a sacred Aboriginal cave in Western Australia that showed evidence of continual habitation dating back 46,000 years, and said it would urgently review its..
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Rio Tinto's claim rejected as 'outrageous' after Aboriginal sacred site destroyed

Ancient rock shelters dating back more than 46,000 years were destroyed when Rio Tinto detonated explosives to make way for an iron ore mine.
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Aboriginal cultural centre boss charged for allegedly exploiting Indigenous artists

A former Aboriginal art centre manager has been charged with 35 dishonesty offences after he allegedly exploited artists in a remote Queensland community.
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Queensland Aboriginal art boss charged

A former Aboriginal art centre manager has been charged with 35 dishonesty offences after he allegedly exploited artists in a remote Queensland community.
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Fewer young Indigenous people are in detention but they still remain over-represented

The rate of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australian detention, or under supervision in the community, has fallen slightly over the past five years, but they still remain..
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Australia might be recovering from coronavirus, but getting your next meal remains a concern for many

As a new research paper highlights the financial vulnerability faced by some Indigenous Australians amid COVID-19, food security in one remote community has become a more pressing issue.
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Indigenous women face particularly high risks in this crisis

Recent cuts to critical Aboriginal family violence services mean support for Aboriginal women and children was already going backwards before COVID-19.
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Tanya Day: Coroner refers Aboriginal death in custody to prosecutors

A Victorian coroner has referred the death in custody of Yorta Yorta woman Tanya Day to prosecutors.
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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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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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