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There's always something worse...

Pastoral workers Vincent Lingiari and other Gurindji elders lead their people in the Wave Hill Walk-off in August 1966. It was the beginning of a long battle. This cartoon in 1968 marks the on-going struggle. Bad wages and working conditions at Wave Hill - a Vestey cattle station were the surface problems.

Recognition and respect for the Gurindji people and rights to their lands was a far deeper and underlying impetus for action. On 16th August, 1975 Gough Whitlam came to Daguragu. His government purchased and handed back freehold title of Gurindji Land at Wattie Creek on that day.