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South Sea Islanders telling an Australian story

South Sea Islanders telling an Australian story

Updated 23 August 2013, 17:24 AEST

This weekend marks 19 years since the Australian government recognised the South Sea Islanders community as one of the county's distinct ethnic groups.

At the time the government also acknowledged the injustices of the indentured labour system known as Blackbirding.

There's been a series of events in Queensland over the last week to commemorate and celebrate the South Sea Islander influence on Australia.

In the state capital Brisbane the islander's stories and history are being revealed today in a special ceremony.

Phil Kafcaloudes spoke to one of the story tellers, documentary Film maker Amie Batalibasi.

Presenter: Phil Kafcaloudes

Speaker: Documentary filmmaker Amie Batalibasi

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