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Vast Australian reserve represents a ‘quiet revolution’ in policy toward Aborigines

The original inhabitants of the Land Down Under have been recognized as custodians of roughly 20,500km2 of remote wilderness in the Northern Territory

By Neil Sands  /  AP , KABULWARNAMYO, AUSTRALIA

A return to the bush may not be a practical option for the majority of Australia’s 450,000 Aborigines, many of whom live in cities and regional towns.

But Yibarbuk said it was now a possibility for his people, reversing the drift towards settlements that began soon after whites arrived in the area in the 1800s.

“The land’s still empty up here, now we want our people to come back,” he said.

“We say empty land, empty people — healthy land, healthy people.”

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