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Barunga Statement

The Barunga Statement presented to the Australian Prime Minister, Bob Hawke

The Barunga Statement presented to the Australian Prime Minister, Bob Hawke

In 1988, many Aboriginal tribes gathered at the Barunga Sports and Cultural Festival in the Northern Territory and presented to the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon Bob Hawke a statement written on bark. It became known as the Barunga Statement which called for recognition of a wide range of Indigenous rights including a Treaty.

Barunga Statement

We, the Indigenous owners and occupiers of Australia, call on the Australian Government and people to recognise our rights:

We call on the Commonwealth to pass laws providing:

We call on the Australian Government to support Aborigines in the development of an international declaration of principles for indigenous rights, leading to an international covenant.

And we call on the Commonwealth Parliament to negotiate with us a Treaty recognising our prior ownership, continued occupation and sovereignty and affirming our human rights and freedom.