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
bark petition, Gove, industry, land rights, Marika, Roy, mining, Nabalco, Yunupingu, Galarrwuy
Increasing Popularity Of Land Rights
Aboriginal Advancement League, Australian Labor Party, land rights, politics, Whitlam, Gough
ABC TV NEWS, Tent Embassy
activism, Australian Labor Party, Foley, Gary, land rights, resistance, tent embassy, Whitlam, Gough
Roberta Sykes (Embassy activist) on the Embassy
Image and Text
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
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
Mar, 4, 1972
activism, Canberra, land rights, land rights, tent embassy, Whitlam, Gough
A price on our guilt
Jan, 26, 1972
activism, Canberra, land rights, McMahon, William, tent embassy, Whitlam, Gough
Erecting Tent Embassy
Feb, 26, 1982
activism, Canberra, Perkins, Charles, tent embassy
Police grapple with demonstrators- Tent Embassy
activism, Canberra, tent embassy
Tent Embassy Canberra
Tent Embassy & Parliament House