Politics

Jul 25, 2008

Arnhem land leaders: give our people safe, healthy, lives

This is the full text of a Communique that was sent to the Prime Minister and Cabinet prior to their historic meeting in Yirrkala in Arnhem Land on Wednesday, the first time federal cabinet has in an indigenous community.

This is the full text of a Communique that was sent to the Prime Minister and Cabinet prior to their historic meeting in Yirrkala in Arnhem Land on Wednesday, the first time federal cabinet has met in an indigenous community.

At the meeting, Cabinet was handed a metre-long bark petition calling for the recognition of indigenous people in the constitution. The ceremony took place on the same ground at Yirrkala where, 45 years earlier, Yolngu people presented the federal government with a now famous bark petition, voicing their opposition to a mine at Gove.

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