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Aboriginal activist enters Australia without passport | SBS News

10.11.15

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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