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The House of Representatives has passed legislation recognising Indigenous Australian peoples as the first inhabitants of Australia.
The passage of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' recognition bill 2012 through the Lower House occurred on the five year anniversary of the date on which former prime minister Kevin Rudd apologised to the Stolen generations.
The bill is considered an interim step on the path towards an eventual referendum for constitutional change.
Prior to the passing of the bill, Social Justice Commissioner, Mick Gooda, said that it could assist in increasing and improving Australian Indigenous peoples' 'resilience, self-worth and relationship with the broader Australian community ... this recognition will be of great benefit to the Australian nation as a whole in coming to terms with our past in such a positive manner.'
The legislation passed with unanimous support.
Sources: ABC news, NACCHO communiqué
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