First Australians have had to fight for any advance

First Australians have had to fight for any advanceAboriginal affairs has not loomed large (or even small) in this election campaign.

The first mention of a policy from either party was Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin announcing this week that a re-elected Labor government would seek constitutional recognition of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders.

Australia appears before UN over human rights

Australia appears before UN over human rightsAustralia has appeared before a United Nations panel in Geneva, accused of human rights violations against Aboriginal people and asylum seekers.

The UN panel is investigating whether the Australian Government has singled out Aborigines and asylum seekers with racist policies.

Archaeologists discover Britain's oldest home

Archaeologists discover BritainArchaeologists have found Britain's earliest house - constructed by Stone Age tribesmen around 11,000 years ago. The discovery is likely to change the way archaeologists view that early period.

Just 3.5 metres in diameter, the circular post-built house pre-dates other Stone Age buildings in the UK by up to a thousand years.

Rare Aboriginal art found in school store cupboard

Rare Aboriginal art found in school store cupboardThe bark paintings, which are estimated to be about 25 years old, were unearthed during a spring clean at Dickson College in the Australian capital.

The artworks were found by stunned staff members who had been emptying parts of the school in preparation for renovations.

The 12 paintings, which were well preserved in the dark and dry conditions of the cupboard, were created by well-known indigenous artists from Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory

Pingpu tribes demand recognition on UN indigenous day

Pingpu tribes demand recognition on UN indigenous dayTaipei, Aug. 9 (CNA) About 30 Pingpu tribespeople gathered in front of the Presidential Office on the United Nations' International Day of the World's Indigenous People Monday, calling on President Ma Ying-jeou to recognize Pingpu people as aboriginals.

Escorted by police officers, 10 of the protesters entered the Presidential Office to deliver a petition to President Ma Ying-jeou after participating in an ancestor worship ceremony at Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the presidential building.