Across remote Australia, small communities of indigenous people face the possibility of eviction from their homes. These communities, some of which are comprised of as few as five people, were formed in the 1960s when Aboriginal workers won the right to increased wages. Because they were now more expensive to employ, many of them were put out of work. They moved from pastoral properties into small towns like Fitzroy Crossing. These towns struggled to cope with the influx of residents. Housing and healthcare resources were strained.
Crikey Clarifier: how can the government ‘close down’ WA communities?
The WA government has announced it will close down some remote indigenous communities. Is that legal? And what will happen to the people living there? Crikey intern Diana Hodgetts reports.