In 1770 Captain Cook claimed possession of the east coast of Australia by raising the British flag and declaring the land 'terra nullius'. In 1901, when the federation of Australia was formed, Aboriginal people were constitutionally excluded from the census and the law-making powers of the Commonwealth Parliament – erased from their country. Yet, as this talk reminds us, Indigenous Australians have resisted this state-sanctioned invisible status and have fought for the civil and political rights that many of us have long since taken for granted.
Join Dr Jennifer Curtin for a talk on the changing landscape of Australian Aboriginal politics.
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