Barunga Statement

Category: Event
Date: 12 June 1988
Sub Category:Statement of Commitment/Intention
Place:Community near Katherine
State/Country:Northern Territory, Australia
Subject Matter:Cultural Heritage | Native Title | Recognition of Traditional Rights and Interests | Self Government
Summary Information:
On the 12 June 1988, during Australia's bicentennial year, the Prime Minister Bob Hawke was presented with the Barunga Statement at the annual Barunga cultural and sporting festival.
Written on bark, the Statement called for Aboriginal self-management, a national system of land rights, compensation for loss of lands, respect for Aboriginal identity, an end to discrimination, and the granting of full civil, economic, social and cultural rights. The Prime Minister responded by saying that he wished to conclude a treaty between Aboriginal and other Australians by 1990, but his wish was not fulfilled.

Related Entries

  • Commonwealth of Australia
  • Policy/Strategy
  • Prime Minister Hawke's Response to the Barunga Statement

  • References

    Electronic Journal
    ATSIC Kalkagiri Says "No" to NT's Draft Constitution


    Statement of Commitment/Intention (Australia)