South Sea Islanders target funding numbers game
28 Mar 2014By Stefan Armbruster
Australian South Sea Islanders are meeting in Queensland to decide on how they should be recognised in the national Census and then access government funding.
(Transcript from World News Radio)
Queensland's early economic development was largely built on the back of South Sea Island labour.
But their descendants say they have since been economically and socially-disadvantaged.
Last year their first national body was set up since tens-of-thousands of islander were brought to Australia as indentured labourers 150 years ago.
They have since held talks with the Australian Bureau of Statistics about their inclusion as a separate ethnic group in the 2016 Census.
Emelda Davis, president of the Interim National Body for the Australian South Sea Islanders, spoke with Queensland correspondent Stefan Armbruster about the challenges up for discussion.
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