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1980
Ernie Bridge (ALP, MLA Kimberley) becomes the first Aboriginal member of the Western Australian Parliament.

WA Government and CSR support Amax Mining Corporation who enter Noonkanbah community and drill into Ngarranggari sacred site.

1983
Aboriginal Land Inquiry, headed by Paul Seaman, Q.C. is established to make recommendations to the Government 'for a scheme of legislation for land related measures for the benefit of Aboriginal people' in Western Australia. Report presented in 1984.

1984
The AAPA becomes independent of the Commonwealth Department of Aboriginal Affairs.

Enrolment and voting in Commonwealth elections made compulsory for Indigenous people.

1985
The National Aboriginal Conference is disbanded.

1986
A separate Aboriginal Affairs portfolio is created in Western Australia and the Hon Ernie Bridge, MLA, appointed to Cabinet as Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.

1987
The Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody is established by the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments to investigate the deaths of ninety-nine Aboriginal persons in police and prison custody.

The State Ministers for Aboriginal Affairs, Police and Corrective services establish an Interim Inquiry into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody in Western Australia.

Commonwealth Government launches the Aboriginal Employment Development Policy to assist Aboriginal people achieve equity with other Australians in terms of employment and economic status.

The Ministers for Aboriginal Affairs and Health co-chair the first national meeting of a joint Ministerial Forum on Aboriginal Health.

1988
Thousands of Indigenous people and supporters march through the streets of Sydney to celebrate survival, on the Bicentennial of British invasion of Australia.

1989
Royal Commission appoints Patrick Dodson as Commissioner for Western Australia to consider 'underlying issues' of Aboriginal deaths in custody.

The National Aboriginal Health Strategy is presented to the Joint Ministerial Forum.

The third national health survey (conducted by the ABS) provides, for the first time, for the identification of Indigenous people.
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