Australia: Two Hundred Years Later . . .

As the bicentennial nears, Hawke offers Aborigines fresh hope

"Warra, warra!" With this half-angry, half-frightened shout to "go away," the Aborigines greeted the first fleet of British ships that ferried white convicts to colonize Australia in January 1788. The Europeans ignored the yells, and the Aborigines have suffered from negligence ever since. Now comprising only 1% of Australia's population of 16 million, the Aborigines have become a forgotten and impoverished minority, relegated to the squalid fringes of rural towns and shabby city suburbs of a continent that once was theirs alone. "We are a captive people," says Paul Coe, an Aboriginal leader. "We are a managed people."

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