1978: Tiwi Land Council established

On this day in 1978 the Tiwi Land Council was established under the Commonwealth Land Rights Act. This is how the Council describes its vision: "Our vision is of an independent and resilient Tiwi society built on the orderly and well managed utilization of our natural and human resources through reliance upon our own management,… Read More »1978: Tiwi Land Council established

1943: Election of the first women members of the Australian Parliament: Enid Lyons (House of Representatives) and Dorothy Tangney (Senate)

At the Federal election of 1943, Enid Lyons (united Australia Party) and Dorothy Tangney (Australian Labour Party) became the first women to be elected to the Australian parliament. A video from the National Museum of Australia on this page tells their story. Today much remains to be done to counter ongoing resistance to hearing women's… Read More »1943: Election of the first women members of the Australian Parliament: Enid Lyons (House of Representatives) and Dorothy Tangney (Senate)

1996: Death of Margaret Tucker, Indigenous Australian activist and writer

Margaret (Lilardia) Tucker (1904 - 1996) was one of Australia's earliest and most notable Aboriginal activists. The Indigenous Australia website explains: "Her Aboriginal name, Lilardia, means flower but she was known affectionately to black and white alike as 'Auntie Marge'. She was born at Warrangasda, an Aboriginal reserve near Darlington Point on the Murrumbidgee River… Read More »1996: Death of Margaret Tucker, Indigenous Australian activist and writer

1966: Gurindji strike or Wave Hill Walk-off, beginning the longest strike in Australian history

On this day in 1966 the Gurindji walked off Wave Hill Station. What began as a strike over the refusal of Vestey Brothers to pay Aboriginal workers was to become a pivotal event in the struggle for the legal recognition of Aboriginal land rights. As the National Museum of Australia explains: "The Gurindji strike was… Read More »1966: Gurindji strike or Wave Hill Walk-off, beginning the longest strike in Australian history

1999: Death of Dom Helder Camara

"When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why they are poor, they call me a communist."Dome Helder Camara Dom Helder Camara (1909 - 199) was a Brazilian archbishop from 1964-1985. Richard Rohr explains that "under his guidance, the Catholic Church in Brazil criticized the country’s military dictatorships… Read More »1999: Death of Dom Helder Camara

1991: Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation Act passed by Parliament

Action Does your parish, school or Catholic organisation have a Reconciliation Action Plan? Today might be a good day to check on your progress, or to start the process of developing a Reconciliation Action Plan. What is Reconciliation? ANTaR describe reconciliation as "a process where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, non-Indigenous Australians and Australian… Read More »1991: Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation Act passed by Parliament