Australia Day, January 26th, commemorates the day in 1788 that the English planted a flag in Australian soil and claimed it for their king. On January 25 1972 the Australian Prime Minister William McMahon stated that his Government would never grant land rights to Aborigines.
In frustration four men pitched a beach umbrella with a sign saying Aboriginal Embassy on the lawns opposite Parliament late on the night of January 26. So began the most significant act of dissent in Australian history.
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