Name of the event: The Wave Hill Walk-off Background of the Event: the issue was the aboriginal people they expressed their unhappiness with their poor working conditions and disrespectful treatment. The wages of Aboriginal workers generally were controlled and not equal to those paid to non-Aboriginal employees. They had barely food and water for them and the hygiene was very poorly to the aboriginal people.
But In March 1966 the Conciliation and Arbitration Commission decided to delay until 1968 the payment of award wages to male Aboriginal workers in the cattle Industry. Details of the event: In April 1967 the Astoria workers, along with their wives and children, picked up their cooking pots and clothes and other meager belongings and moved camp, walking to Datagram (Wattle Creek). ‘This bin Gurgling country’ Is how Pincher Angular described Wattle Creek to Frank Hardy. Mice Randall, speaking to Frank Hardy, recalled the day they moved.
Results this move demonstrated the gap between the white supporters, who believed the dispute to be about wages and conditions, and the Aboriginal pastoral workers, who had decided to stop working for Vestry altogether. Frank Hardy, and then other supporters, gradually came to understand this. Onions began to play an essential support role ensuring that the new independent settlement had a food supply and other necessities such as the use of a truck. A new community began, with gardens, buildings and fences.
As a result of the Grinded claim, the debate about Indigenous rights to land was no longer limited to Aboriginal reserves such as Hairball or Lake Dyers. Cabinet, however, rejected this interpretation and the Governor-General refused the request set out in the petition. Significant In 1972, on a platform which promised to legislate for land rights, brought new hope to the Grinded. The original Wave Hill lease was surrendered and two new leases were issued: one to the Vestry and one to the Mural’s Grinded Company.
The Grinded lease of approximately 3300 square kilometers included important sacred sites. On 16 August 1975, Prime Minister Cough Whittle came to Datagram. As he poured a handful of Datagram soil into Vincent Linguini’s hand, he said: Vincent Linear, I solemnly hand to you these deeds as proof in Australian law that these lands belong to the Grinded people, and I put into your hands part of the earth as a sign that this land will be the possession of you and your children forever.