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The two women in this photo are the present and the future of Aboriginal civil rights in this country.

Pictured on the left is Aunty Jenny Munro, a Wiradjuri elder and well-known civil rights activist. Any biography I attempt for this extraordinary woman will fall short. But suffice to say that Aunty Jenny and many members of her family (people like Mum Shirl Smith, her parents Agnes & Les Coe, siblings Paul Coe and Isabel Coe and her husband Lyall Munro jnr) have been involved in so many important movements in the struggle for black civil rights. Milestones like the 1967 Referendum granting Aboriginal people the vote, the establishment of many important Aboriginal services such as the Aboriginal Medical Service, the Aboriginal Legal Service, the Aboriginal Childrens' Medical Service, the Metropolitan Lands Council, the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra, the Aboriginal Housing Company and most recently the Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy where she successfully camped out in a tent on the Block at Redfern for 15 months to fight for Aboriginal housing on this iconic piece of land.

On the right is Maria Clague a young Aboriginal activist who has been prominent in environmental campaigns to save Aboriginal land against mining interests, in the protests against the forced closure of remote Aboriginal communities and the Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy. Her grandmother is the great Aunty Joyce Clague one of the most famous female activists in the country who was one of the chief instigators of the 1967 Constitutional Referendum and the convenor of Federation Council for Advancement of Aborigines (FCAATSI).

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