Australia mulls reducing financial support for indigenous communities

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    Around ten thousand indigenous Australians live in isolated parts of the country, places important to their heritage.
    But now the state of Western Australia is considering reducing how much money these communities get.

    Al Jazeera’s Andrew Thomas reports from Biridu in Western Australia.

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    In This Story: Indigenous Australians

    The term Indigenous Australians refers to Aboriginal Australians as well as Torres Strait Islanders, and the term should only be used when both groups are included in the topic being addressed, or by self-identification by a person as Indigenous.

    Torres Strait Islanders are ethnically and culturally distinct, despite extensive cultural exchange with some of the Aboriginal groups, and the Torres Strait Islands are mostly part of Queensland but have a separate governmental status.

    In the 2016 Australian Census, Indigenous Australians comprised 3.3% of Australia’s population, with 91% of these identifying as Aboriginal only, 5% Torres Strait Islander, and 4% both.

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