International Indigenous Day

International Indigenous Day Land Rights Rally, Melbourne, 9th August 1998
Organised by the Coalition for Land Rights

Themes of this day are:
  • Repeal the Native Title Act Amendments
  • No to Racism
  • No to Hanson
  • No to Uranium Mine at Jabiluka

The Rally had 3 feeder streams
One started at Parliament House
One at Trades Hall and the other at the GPO
It is estimated that between 6000 and 8000 people rallied.
They all marched separately from the feeder positions and converged on the State Library. Speakers included:
Richard Frankland, KilKurt Kilgar Clan of the Gournditch-Mara Nation
Annette Xiberras, for the welcome to the Wurundjeri land
Fleur Taylor, Jabiluka Action Group
Charmaine Clarke
Judy McVae, Coalition for Land Rights
Everybody then marched to Trades Hall for the main rally and entertainment.
Marching with Flags
There was a complete mixture of cultures, ages, persuasions and backgrounds. Freedom-love-clothed greenies mixed with sax playing women and Aboriginal Elders � all present at the demonstration of belief in HUMAN RIGHTS.
Mark Olive, Bundjalung Nation, northern rivers area, New South Wales, Aboriginal FilmMaker, directed the coverage of this extraordinary day.
Mark grew up and was educated in Wollongong with Greeks, Turks, Macedonians, Vietnamese � multicultural existence is natural to him. Following are some excerpts from this day in Melbourne.
"At the moment everyone is optimistic about issues and rights and days like this day bring people from all walks of life together, uniting their differences, their attitudes and the ability to march in peace as one. You hope that sensibility and humanity comes through for people to coexist in peace."


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