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Learn about the experience, achievements and struggles of First Australians since Federation and their contribution to Australian life, laws and culture.
First Australians’ cultures and artistic achievements have contributed to Australia’s distinct sense of identity and style, as well as the way we see our country.
Explore the experiences of First Australians since 1901, from discriminatory policies and inequality to campaigns for reconciliation, constitutional recognition and land rights.
Throughout the 20th century, political engagement, activism and protest have helped focus attention on the differences in rights and entitlements experienced by First Australians.
First Australians have long fought for equal rights and opportunities. Influential individuals and campaigns drove change in areas such as voting rights, constitutional change and land rights.
Many of Australia’s greatest sportspeople are First Australians, including boxer Lionel Rose, tennis champion Evonne Goolagong-Crawley and runner Cathy Freeman.
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