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Honour roll set up for Australia's indigenous veterans

Honour roll set up for Australia's indigenous veterans

Updated 11 June 2014, 9:10 AEST

There is an increasing push for better recognition of Australia's indigenous veterans in the lead-up to commemorations in August marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I.

A local council in Queensland is collating an honour roll of indigenous people who fought for their country and will conduct a special ceremony honouring their service during NAIDOC Week.

It's hoped the ceremony will go some way to righting the wrongs of the past, when indigenous veterans were often not acknowledged when they returned home from war.

University of Canberra Chancellor Dr Tom Calma says the time has come to give proper credit to the deeds of indigenous servicemen and women, going right back to the Boer War.

Presenter: Nance Haxton

Speaker: Di Andrews, Senior Adviser, Redland City Council, Queensland; Dr Tom Calma, Chancellor, University of Canberra;

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