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There Was An Aboriginal Protest Just After Tony Abbott Offended Indigenous Australia

"It’s hard to think that back in 1788 (Australia) was nothing but bush."

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Aboriginal G20 protestors say they are shocked and offended by Prime Minister Tony Abbott's latest comments that there was "nothing but bush" in Australia before white settlement.

Mr Abbott's speech in Sydney about the history of infrastructure in Australia came as hundreds of people gathered in Brisbane to protest against the high rates of Aboriginal deaths in custody in Australia.

"As we look around this glorious city, as we see the extraordinary development, it's hard to think that back in 1788 it was nothing but bush and that marines, and convicts... must have thought they'd come almost to the Moon," he told a breakfast held in honour of the UK Prime Minister David Cameron.

Labor's @ShayneNeumannMP says the PM disrespected #Indigenous people and should apologise for his comments in Sydney this morning. @SBSNews

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Labor's @ShayneNeumannMP says the PM disrespected #Indigenous people and should apologise for his comments in Sydney this morning. @SBSNews

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"Everything would have seemed so extraordinarily basic and raw and now a city which is one of the most spectacular cities on our globe."

As Mr Abbott concluded his remarks several hundred people gathered in Brisbane on the eve of the G20 summit to protest against the persistent issue of Aboriginal deaths in police custody.

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BuzzFeed News asked protestors about Mr Abbott's comments. One protestor said, "He's kidding right, doesn't he realise how much that offends us?"

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The protest represented the first challenge for police at the G20, with passions running high and the temperature moving into the 30s.

Police now keeping a 50m exclusion between protestors and media. Several journos threatened with arrest #G20Brisbane

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Police now keeping a 50m exclusion between protestors and media. Several journos threatened with arrest #G20Brisbane

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It ended with no arrests and police praising the crowd for taking directions from "police negotiators". It finished with a dance... like it was 1788.

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