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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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Labor says government should investigate controversial Aboriginal flag copyright deal

Labor's spokesperson for Indigenous Australians says there should be scrutiny of the deal which handed the copyright of the Aboriginal flag to a privately-owned company.
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'Fred believed this was a social justice movement': Hollows' plan to stop Indigenous blindness

Indigenous Australians go blind at three times the rate of other Australians. The Fred Hollows Foundation has announced a $40 million plan to close the gap.
The Age - Published

The Imagination Declaration: Young Indigenous Australians want to be heard – but will we listen?

When you think of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander kid, or in fact any kid, imagine what’s possible. Don’t define us through the lens of disadvantage […] Expect the best of us. – Excerpt..
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Act on Indigenous recognition or else Constitution should be 'thrown into the sea': Yunupingu

Gumatj elder Galarrwuy Yunupingu says the "law must change" to improve the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
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Ken Wyatt 'gauging support' in government for Indigenous recognition

Indigenous Australians Minister Ken Wyatt says he was consulting fellow MPs to gauge their support for constitutional recognition of Aboriginal people.
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'Time to stop the cycle': Domestic violence workers call for change in NSW

Aboriginal and multicultural specialist workers in NSW say more funding is needed to improve outcomes, particularly outside the city centre.
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When Katrina’s grandmother had a fall, she refused to tell anyone

Aunty Roma’s Falls Prevention Program helps ageing Indigenous Australians with mobility and balance training - but it’s also helping break down their fears of hospitals.
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'When my grandmother had a fall and didn't tell anyone, I decided to do something about it'

Aunty Roma’s Falls Prevention Program helps ageing Indigenous Australians with mobility and balance training - but it’s also helping break down their fears of hospitals.
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Queensland program offers Aboriginal men opportunity to forge new path

A program in far north Queensland is offering young Aboriginal men the chance to join the armed forces.
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A top restaurant training young Indigenous Australians is changing lives

Charcoal Lane is celebrating a decade at the forefront of the Melbourne foodie scene, with trainees saying working with native ingredients has helped them strengthen ties to their culture.
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Indigenous constitutional recognition: PM says he does not want to raise expectations

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he does not want to raise expectations on what can be achieved on the issue of the constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.
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Commission hears Aboriginal culture lost because of lacking NT aged care

Aboriginal elders needed aged care but received the least level of service despite having the most complex health conditions, the royal commission has heard.
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At this school, Indigenous students are teaching classmates about their culture

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at a school in Sydney have been putting their teaching skills to the test during NAIDOC Week celebrations.
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Walk with me, Australia: Ken Wyatt's historic pledge for Indigenous recognition

A speech by the first Aboriginal Minister for Indigenous Australians, committing to a referendum on constitutional recognition of the nation's First Peoples.
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Government to hold referendum on Indigenous constitutional recognition within three years

Indigenous Australians Minister Ken Wyatt is preparing to hold a referendum on Indigenous constitutional recognition in this parliamentary term.
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Indigenous referendum within three years

Indigenous Australians Minister Ken Wyatt will make his first major speech at Canberra's Press Club since becoming the first Aboriginal person to hold the role.
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Minister to reveal 'indigenous voice' plan

Indigenous Australians Minister Ken Wyatt will make his first major speech at Canberra's Press Club since becoming the first Aboriginal person to hold the role.
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Ken Wyatt lays out his strategy to bring an Indigenous voice to Australia's parliament

In a NAIDOC Week interview with SBS News, the first Indigenous person appointed Minister for Indigenous Australians says the Coalition is committed to exploring steps towards a referendum.
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Aboriginal Victorians given more time to be part of group guiding Australia's first Indigenous treaty

Aboriginal Victorians have been given more time to nominate for a position on a democratically-elected Aboriginal representative body to guide negotiations for an Indigenous treaty.
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No care forces Aboriginal elder separation

Indigenous Australian Mildred Numamurdirdi has told the Royal Commission into Aged Care she and many other elders have been separated from their families.
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Legendary actor David Gulpilil wins top NAIDOC honour

Gulpilil joined a number of notable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were honoured in the annual National NAIDOC Awards on Saturday night.
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Australia’s HIV elimination success overshadowed by Indigenous neglect

Indigenous dancer Jacob Boehme is breaking down stigmas of being black, gay and HIV positive - at a time when infection rates among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders continue to rise.
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Indigenous birth registrations hit a record high in NSW

Aboriginal births registered in NSW climbed by 53 per cent last year with a record 7,491 births
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Court slaps $2.3 million fine on company selling fake Aboriginal art

A business found guilty of selling thousands of pieces of fake Aboriginal art made in Indonesia has been slapped with a $2.3 million penalty in the Federal Court.
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Fake Aboriginal art company fined $2.3m

A wholesaler has been penalised $2.3 million for claiming products manufactured in Indonesia were hand-painted by indigenous Australians.
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Tourists aren't visiting remote Australia, so Aboriginal artists are bringing work to them

Only 20 per cent of international visitors to Australia are experiencing Aboriginal culture. This month’s National Indigenous Art Fair, held ahead of NAIDOC Week, is hoping to change that.
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Five Aboriginal women artists from a remote NT community will exhibit their work in Paris

An arts centre in Arnhem Land is sending five women to Paris for an exhibition and series of workshops - but getting passports for everyone proved a challenge.
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Indigenous children over-represented in accidental injuries and deaths

A new report finds Aboriginal children in NSW are still dying at the same rate from unintentional injuries as they did 15 years ago.
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Ashleigh Barty pays tribute to Indigenous trailblazer Evonne Goolagong Cawley

Ashleigh Barty has become the second Indigenous Australian to win the French Open. Moments after lifting the Suzanne Lenglen Cup, she paid homage to the trailblazer who came before her.
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Barty pays homage to Indigneous trailblazer Goolagong after French Open win

Ashleigh Barty has become the second Indigenous Australian to win the French Open. Moments after lifting the Suzanne Lenglen Cup, she paid homage to the trailblazer who came before her.
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'It's unbelievable': Barty celebrates French Open title win after breaking Australia's 46-year drought

The victory lifts Ashleigh Barty to number two in the world with the teenager also becoming the first Indigenous Australian to win the French Open since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1971.
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Linda Burney vows to meet families in bid to tackle Indigenous suicide crisis

Labor's spokeswoman for Indigenous Australians wants to learn more about the factors that may have led to some people taking their own lives in recent years.
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