A young aboriginal dancer plays in the sand during the Kenbi Native land claim ceremony, near Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is in Darwin to attend the deed handover ceremony settling Australia’s oldest Aboriginal land rights claim
A beach can be seen along the coastline of Arnhem Land, east of Darwin, in Australia’s Northern Territory. Over half of Australia lies above the Tropic of Capricorn, but it is home to only five per cent of the population. It is a frontier land with little infrastructure, populated by cattle barons, crocodile hunters and aboriginal tribes. Geologists say the Northern Territory, which is the size of South Africa, has abundant diamond, gold and uranium reserves. However, a fifth of the Northern Territory is owned or controlled by aboriginal groups and many Aborigines have joined environmentalists to discourage mining.