Timeline: 2000-2009


Australian Citizenship Council report
People smuggling
Corroboree 2000 at Sydney Opera House
Reconciliation walks
Council for Multicultural Australia established
Sydney Olympics | Aboriginal Tent Embassy
Charles Perkins dies
Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation to be replaced by Reconiliation Australia


Centenary of Federation
Carol Martin wins seat of Kimberley, WA
People smuggling
World Conference Against Racism
September 11 attacks
Children overboard
Racial and Religious Tolerance Act, Victoria
Federal election
CHOGM cancelled
Detention centres


Politics – Pauline Hanson resigns
Australia hosts CHOGM
Immigration detention centres
Bali bombings
Race hate and the internet
‘Children Overboard’ inquiry
1976 Aboriginal Land Rights Act
Stolen Generations fight for compensation
Aboriginal language
Native Title Studies Centre
“Nuova Italia” on NSW Heritage Register
Melbourne University racism study
Australian Arabic Council oppose ethnic descriptors


Launch of internet forum on Islam and race discrimination laws
Imminent US attack on Iraq
Antiwar protest marches in Australia and around the world
Detention centre fires
UNESCO conference in Paris
People smuggling conference
Social Justice Report
Nauru and the Pacific Solution
East Timor
David Hicks and Mahmoud Habib
UN Iraq resolution
Intervention force in the Solomon Islands
ATSIC, Deputy Chariman resigns
Death of former Federal minister
Racial intolerance in Australia
Asylum seekers
ASIO laws
Tampa refugees freed from detention on Nauru
A new court room for young Aboriginal repeat offenders.
Release of report ‘Reconciliation – Off track’
Excise of islands from migration zone
Marion Le awarded Human Rights Medal


Symbol of the Stolen Generations, Molly Kelly Craig dies
Redfern riots
HREOC intervenes in challenge to immigration detention of children
ATSIC abolished 16/3
Pearson condemns the Government’s Indigenous plan
Victorian initiative for Indigenous students
Former leader of ATSIC dies aged 54
Roche sentenced to nine years for terrorist plot
HREOC releases Isma report
Australia shows its support for refugees
David Unaipon honoured in Bangarra Dance Theatre’s new production
Children in detention
Changes to temporary protection visas
Death in custody of Cameron Doomadgee on Palm Island.


War in Iraq
Call for an Australian Bill of Rights
Ngaanyatjarra Native Title Federal Court decision
Habib released from Guantanamo Bay Cuba.
Australian Government’s international recruitment campaign
Sydney schools raided by immigration officials
Australian Government eases up on asylum seekers
Vivian Solon’s wrongful deportation
QLD police and Federal Immigration Department under attack
SIEV -X organiser found guilty
Changes to immigration mandatory detention procedures
Children released from detention centres
Summit with PM and Muslims aim to “neutralise” radical Islamists
New anti-terrorism laws
Research shows alienation of Australian Muslims
Jemaah Islamiah prime suspect in latest Bali bombings
Nine Melbourne men face charges
Eight Sydney men face charges
Michael Long leads thousands in charity walk
Education in remote Aboriginal communities
New Indigenous Coordination Centre (ICC) in Dubbo
Cronulla riots
Racist text messages circulate in Perth


Portfolio change for Minister Vanstone
Indigenous remains returned from Britain
Proposed changes to expand the Pacific Solution
20 year plan proposed for NT
‘Healthy for Life’ programs increased
Inquiry into Aboriginal Children and Sexual Abuse
Migration Amendment Bill
Burmese asylum seekers sent to Nauru
Tasmanian Parliament passes Aboriginal Children Act.


Joint partnerships
Native title recognition
Close the gap campaign launch
Alan Jones in breach
40th anniversary of 1967 Referendum
Little Children Are Sacred
Northern Territory Emergency Response
Better health outcomes for Indigenous people
Haneef arrested on terror related activities
Haneef released
Community Policing Partnership Program
Closing the Gap of Indigenous Disadvantage
‘New reconciliation’
International Conference of Counter Terrorism held in Melbourne
Australian Citizenship test introduced
Australian Values Statement introduced
African asylum seekers targeted
Change of Government for Australia
Nauru detention centre to close
Stolen Generations compensation
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
First Aboriginal leader of a state or territory government
National Indigenous Television – NITV launched
Murder of Liep Gony


Welcome to Country for the opening of Parliament
The Commonwealth Government apologises to Indigenous Australian
National Indigenous Health Equality agreement
Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTAR) launch racism campaign
Temporary Protection Visa abolished
Sydney Peace Prize awarded to a national Aboriginal leader
High Court decision supports Native Title
Devils Marbles returned to traditional owners
Launch of the Australian Multicultural Advisory Council


2009 Australian of the Year
Cox Peninsula returned to the Larrakia people
Land rights of the Adnyamathanha people
Australia supports the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Attacks in Australia bring race issues to international attention
National Rugby League (NRL) Reconciliation Round
People on Bridging visas given right to work
Detention Debt scheme abolished
Multicultural e forum launched
Apology to the Forgotten Australians
Social Inclusion week
Maralinga returned
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1901: Federation