National Aboriginal and Islander Day


MELBOURNE — A spirited group of 500-700 Aborigines and supporters marched on Parliament House on September 6. The rally commemorated National Aboriginal and Islander Day and welcomed recent moves by the Victorian government to consider land rights legislation, but called for the process to include more Aboriginal involvement and consultation. Although the organisers had obtained a permit, electricity for the public address was denied to the demonstrators at Parliament House — another case where "power is denied to the people!", said Aboriginal rights activist Gary Foley. Photo by Alex Bainbridge.