Aboriginal activist enters Australia without passport | SBS News: “I just kept on insisting I’m an Aboriginal person returning to my country on my Aboriginal passport, and this is the travel document I’m choosing to use.”
In a statement to SBS, immigration said the Australian Government does not recognise the Aboriginal passport as a valid travel document.
“In certain circumstances where a traveller presents at the border and is seeking to enter Australia without a bona-fide travel document, authorities will take action as appropriate to determine the identity of the traveller,” it read.
“If such a person is subsequently confirmed to be an Australian citizen, their entry is permissible; although certain conditions will apply.”
The first country to officially accept the Aboriginal passport was Libya in 1988.
Tasmanian lawyer Michael Mansell led a group of Aboriginal activists on a visit to challenge Australian sovereignty in the bicentennial year.
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