Name of the event: The Wave Hill Walk-Off
Background of the Event: the issue was the aboriginal people they expressed their unhappiness with their poor working conditions and disrespectful treatment. The wages of Aboriginal workers generally were controlled and not equal to those paid to non-Aboriginal employees. They had barely food and water for them and the hygiene was very poorly to the aboriginal people. But in March 1966 the Conciliation and Arbitration Commission decided to delay until 1968 the payment of award wages to male Aboriginal workers in the cattle industry. Details of the event: In April 1967 the pastoral workers, along with their wives and children, picked up their cooking pots and clothes and other meagre belongings and moved camp, walking to Daguragu (Wattle Creek). 'This bin Gurindji country' is how Pincher Manguari described Wattle Creek to Frank Hardy. Mick Rangiari, speaking to Frank Hardy, recalled the day they moved. Results this move demonstrated the gap between the white supporters, who believed the dispute to be about wages and conditions, and the Aboriginal pastoral workers, who had decided to stop working for Vesteys altogether. Frank Hardy, and then other supporters, gradually came to understand this. Unions began to play an essential support role ensuring that the new independent settlement had a food supply and other necessities such as the use of a truck. A new community began, with gardens, buildings and fences. As a result of the Gurindji claim, the debate about Indigenous rights to land was no longer limited to Aboriginal reserves such as Yirrkala or Lake Tyers. Cabinet, however, rejected this interpretation and the Governor-General refused the request set out in the petition. Significants In 1972, on a platform which promised to legislate for land rights, brought new hope to the Gurindji. The original Wave Hill lease was surrendered and two new leases were issued: one to the Vesteys and one to the Murramulla Gurindji...
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