Sovereignty over the land that forms Australia has never been ceded. Australia is the only Commonwealth country never to have signed a treaty with First Nations people. Victoria, the Northern Territory and Western Australia have all made commitments to treaty making.
Dispossession from the land continues to harm Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including the stolen generation, health, life expectancy, incarceration and structural disadvantage after centuries of discriminatory policies.
It’s 50 years since the 1967 Referendum, 25 years since the Mabo Decision and 20 years since the Bringing Them Home report, yet the injustice continues.