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“ From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries.

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1 “ From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us ” Acts 17:26-27

2 James Cook’s diary entry on the 21 April 1770: “In the P.M. we saw the smoke of fire in several places; a certain sign that the Country is inhabited”

3 James Cook’s diary entry on the 29 April 1770: “As we approached the shore the natives all made off, except two men, who at first seemed resolved to oppose our landing; we endeavoured to gain their consent to land by throwing them some nails and beads ashore, but this had not the desired effect, but as we put in to the shore one of them threw a large stone at us, and as soon as we landed they threw two darts at us, but on the firing of two or three muskets loaded with small shot, they took to the woods, and we saw them no more”

4 Today Aboriginal People: Experience homelessness at a rate four times higher than non-Indigenous Australians Are 3.2 times more likely to be unemployed and 11 times more likely to be imprisoned Are 10 times more likely to live in an overcrowded home and 12 times more likely to be hospitalised after an assault

5 Are more likely to commit suicide and 6 times more likely to be murdered Die earlier than non-Indigenous Australians (67.2 years for males, as compared to 78.7 years for non- Indigenous males; 72.9 years for females, as compared to 82.6 years for non-Indigenous females)

6 Will need aged care services between 11 and 17 years earlier than will non-Indigenous citizens Are between 1.8 and 2.4 more times likely to suffer a disability

7 “in an interview with The Sunday Age, crime commission chief John Lawler said his agency's 18- month multimillion-dollar investigation had determined there was ‘not organised pedophilia in indigenous communities’” The Age, 5 July 2009

8 “Northern Territory Aboriginal leaders have told UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay that things have got worse under the intervention imposed by the Howard government in 2007… Ms Pillay said the Aborigines told her they were under pressure from the Gillard government to sign 99-year leases over their land” The Age, 23 May 2011

9 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?” Isaiah 58:6-7


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