One of the most significant Aboriginal attempts at equality of the 20th century was the Day of Mourning. This service occurred in 1938, 150 years since white settlement in Australia. While all white Australians celebrated what they considered the birth of their homeland, the Aboriginals mourned for the death of their homeland, as they knew it. Held in Sydney this protest gained great media attention. In the days following, Prime Minister Lyons met with the committee of the protest and listened to the plan that they had made for equality in Australia. The aim of this action was to gain recognition from the Australian people particularly the government of the fact that the white settlers invaded what was then aboriginal land. They wanted an action plan to be put into place to ensure equality between white and aboriginal Australians. Despite the Aboriginals believing they had achieved something through this protest, all efforts went unrewarded, as Lyons did nothing about the Aborigine’s plan for equality. Every subsequent Australia day had hosted to a day of mourning protest by the Aborigi...
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...to the Freedom rides, every result was complied into the 1967 referendum and from the tent embassy to the Mabo decision, all protests went towards the common goal and now achievement of land rights. In the 21st century, the Australian Government has made further endeavors to attempt to ensure Aboriginal standards of living in Australia. Whilst life expectancy, available facilities, educational opportunities and employment opportunities are still vastly different to those offered to white Australians, progress has been made since the original meeting of Europeans and Aboriginals. From the administration of an Aboriginal minister and Aboriginal facilities across Australia to the ‘Sorry Day’ speech delivered by prime Minister Kevin Rudd in 2008, the Australian people both from European and Aboriginal backgrounds are progressing towards a more equal future.
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