Opinion

Aurukun is struggling with the after-effects of white settlement

By Shannon Maree Torrens
Updated July 12 2020 - 2:16am, first published March 5 2020 - 1:00pm
Aurukun has been rocked by an outbreak of violence in recent months. Picture: AAP

Fifteen years ago I stepped off a tiny plane into Aurukun, an extremely remote Aboriginal community in far north Queensland on the western side of the Cape York Peninsula. My poorly chosen black suit was covered in flecks of bright orange earth the moment my feet touched the ground.

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