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Tent Embassy
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Following Justice Blackburn's ruling that aboriginal customary title was of no legal significance, the McMahon Government announced a new land rights policy on Australia Day, 1972.

Aboriginal people on Northern Territory reserves could apply for leases and a fund to purchase land for Aborigines outside the reserves would be established.

Beyond the Northern Territory the Commonwealth would leave the issue for each state to decide.

Indigenous people were furious, and overnight an 'Aboriginal Tent Embassy' appeared on the lawns of Parliament House in Canberra.

Six months later the government ordered the removal of the 'Embassy' and the land rights cause was given more favourable publicity.
Yirrkala & Gove
Topic
1963-1971
bark petition, Gove, industry, land rights, Marika, Roy, mining, Nabalco, Yunupingu, Galarrwuy
Increasing Popularity Of Land Rights
Topic
1960s
Aboriginal Advancement League, Australian Labor Party, land rights, politics, Whitlam, Gough
ABC TV NEWS, Tent Embassy
Video
1972
activism, Australian Labor Party, Foley, Gary, land rights, resistance, tent embassy, Whitlam, Gough
Roberta Sykes (Embassy activist) on the Embassy
Image and Text
1973
activism, Australian Labor Party, FCAATSI Federal Council For Aboriginal Advancement , Foley, Gary, land rights, resistance, Sykes, Bobbi, tent embassy, Torres Strait Islanders, Whitlam, Gough
Aboriginal land rights plea is turned down
Newspaper
Jan, 26, 1972
Australian Court Case, Coombs, Dr. H.C. (Nugget), Gove, Gove Case, land rights, McMahon, William, Milirrpum v Nabalco Pty Ltd, 1971 , Nabalco, Yirrkala
Tent 'Embassy' defiant
Newspaper
Mar, 4, 1972
activism, Canberra, land rights, land rights, tent embassy, Whitlam, Gough
A price on our guilt
Newspaper
Jan, 26, 1972
activism, Canberra, land rights, McMahon, William, tent embassy, Whitlam, Gough
Erecting Tent Embassy
Image
Feb, 26, 1982
activism, Canberra, Perkins, Charles, tent embassy
Police grapple with demonstrators- Tent Embassy
Image
1982
activism, Canberra, tent embassy
Tent Embassy Canberra
Image
1972
tent embassy
Tent Embassy & Parliament House
Image
1972
tent embassy