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Aboriginal people and the constitution

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A photo of Aborginals in colonial timesThe British Government insisted that the new Western Australian Constitution make special provision for Aboriginal welfare - 5,000 pounds or one per cent of colonial revenue for each year- whichever was greater. The colonial parliament legislated in 1897 and 1905 to repeal the provision. Today,  a group of Aboriginal people is petitioning the courts to have the provision of Section 70 reinstated.





Acknowledgement of Country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.