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Aboriginal activist explains importance of Australian Tent Embassy

Aboriginal activist explains importance of Australian Tent Embassy

Updated 10 February 2012, 11:25 AEST

Australian Aboriginal rights activist, Michael Anderson has outlined the importance the Australian Tent Embassy in Canberra has to the nation's indigenous community.

The protesters had been marking the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy when they were told about remarks the Australian Opposition Leader, Tony Abbot had made about its relevance.

Angered by his comments, the protesters surrounded a Canberra restaurant where Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Mr Abbott were attending an awards ceremony.

Mr Anderson says the protesters had already been discussing a number of grievances affecting the Aboriginal community that Australia still hasn't dealt with when they heard about Mr Abbott's comments, which upset them.

Aboriginal communities in Australia are also pushing for the constitution to be changed to recognise the original inhabitants of this country.

Presenter: Geraldine Coutts

Speaker: Michael Anderson, Aboriginal rights activist

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