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In early 2015, our country's Conservative government announced the closure of 150 remote Aboriginal communities. It has meant the removal of Aboriginal people from the land they have been inhabiting for more than 70,000 years. Disgustingly, former Prime Minister Tony Abbott said of the decision, "This Government will not fund the lifestyle choices of those that choose to live in remote communities".

Put aside the fact that for the last 226 years, the Australian Government has systematically pushed Aboriginal people of their lands, massacred and marginalised them. This latest move is nothing more than a cynical attempt by the Government to clear the land to make way for mining leases.

The closures have resulted in thousands of people being homeless. When I was in Western Australia in April, I saw hundreds of Aboriginal people sleeping out in shopping malls.

As Noongyar elder, Uncle Ben Taylor, has said, "I feel like a refugee in my own country".

In April and June 2015, SOS Blak Australia put the call out. Over 50,000 people all over Australia protested the closure of remote communities. This photo was taken from the June 2015 protest where we blocked the main street in Sydney for a corroboree. I took this on my iPhone. I was the legal observer on the protest and was being spoken to by police at the time.

Protests in support of the remote Aboriginal communities have happened in London, Dublin, and Berlin.

The next rally is planned for 27 November 2015. For further information, check out the website www.sosblakaustralia.com.

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