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  • Against the backdrop of racial violence in the United States, a New South Wales police officer was captured on video this week kicking the legs out from under an Indigenous teenager and pinning him to the ground. The footage went viral online and it’s helped spark a broader conversation about the policing of Indigenous Australians. The boy’s family spoke to 7.30.

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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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    New South Wales is a southeastern Australian state, distinguished by its coastal cities and national parks. Sydney, its capital, is home to iconic structures such as the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

    Population: 7.544 million (Sept 2014)

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