2013 Australia – Significant Aboriginal Dates in Aboriginal History

Wednesday 30th October 2013

On this day in 1975 The Racial Discrimination Act came into effect (Lateral Love Australia’s Co-Founders & Directors William Brian Butler (aged 49) and Nicola Butler (aged almost 1 year) before this Act even came into effect).

The Racial Discrimination Act 1975 aims to ensure that people of all backgrounds are treated equally and have the same opportunities. The Act also makes discrimination against people on the basis of their race, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin unlawful.

Racial Discrimination Act 1975

What is racial hatred or racial vilification?

Racial hatred (sometimes referred to as vilification) is doing something in public based on the race, colour, national or ethnic origin of a person or group of people which is likely to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate.

Examples of racial hatred may include:

  • racially offensive material on the internet, including eforums, blogs, social networking sites and video sharing sites
  • racially offensive comments or images in a newspaper, magazine or other publication such as a leaflet or flyer
  • racially offensive speeches at a public rally
  • racially abusive comments in a public place, such as a shop, workplace, park, on public transport or at school
  • racially abusive comments at sporting events by players, spectators, coaches or officials.

2013 Australia – Significant Aboriginal Dates in Aboriginal History

Thursday 22nd August 2013

Today is the Anniversary of Freedom Day – The Gurindji Walk-Off from Wave Hill

From wage rights to land rights

In August 1966, Aboriginal pastoral workers walked off the job on the vast Vesteys’ cattle station at Wave Hill in the Northern Territory. At first they expressed their unhappiness with their poor working conditions and disrespectful treatment. Conversations between stockmen who had worked for Vesteys and Dexter Daniels, the North Australian Workers’ Union Aboriginal organiser, led to the initial walk off.

The next year the group moved to Wattie Creek, a place of significance to the Gurindji people. They asked Frank Hardy to ‘make a sign’ which included the word ‘Gurindji’, their own name for themselves. Their disaffection was deeper than wages and working conditions.

Although these stockmen and their families could not read, they understood the power of the white man’s signs. Now their name for themselves, written on a sign, asserted a claim to Gurindji lands.

“I bin thinkin’ this bin Gurindji country. We bin here longa time before them Vestey mob.” Vincent Lingiari. [1]

In 1967 after hearing Minister for the Interior Peter Nixon’s plan to dismiss the Gurindji claim to their land, Ted Egan wrote ‘Gurindji Blues’. A singer/songwriter who had a long association with Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory, Egan listened to the Gurindji people and recorded their views about land in the song.

‘Gurindji Blues’ was recorded by RCA records in 1971 with a young Yolngu spokesman, Galarrwuy Yunupingu, accompanying Egan.

1 Frank Hardy, The Unlucky Australians, One Day Hill, Melbourne, 1968; this edition London, 1981, p. 131.

National Museum Australia – Wave Hill Walk-Off

2013 Australia – Significant Aboriginal Dates in Aboriginal History

Monday 12th August 2013

International Youth Day

United Nations Events International Youth Day

The theme of International Youth Day 2012 was “Building a Better World: Partnering with Youth” — a global call to action to develop and engage in partnerships with and for youth.


2013 Australia – Significant Aboriginal Dates in Aboriginal History

Saturday 10 August 2013 ~ International Prisoners Justice Day

2013 Australia – Significant Aboriginal Dates in Aboriginal History

Friday 9th August 2013

International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

United Nations Events International Day of the World’s indigenous Peoples

The theme for 2012 was “Indigenous Media, Empowering Indigenous Voices”

Watch the 2012 Commemoration of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples