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Green bans caused massive debates over heritage and what was or was not worth saving.Aboriginal Land Rights became part of the political agenda and the Aboriginal flag was designed.

The Australian economy was placed in a world context when the Australian dollar was floated and the banking system deregulated.In 1973, Australia had a new icon -- the Sydney Opera House.This landmark was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II who was now known as the Queen of Australia.The Australian population at the beginning of the decade was over 4 million but was sadly depleted by the end of the decade by the Great War.The Aboriginal population had already been reduced, but those left were still not counted in the census.The ‘Australian 20th century’ timeline follows events and developments in Australia from Federation through to the year 2000.This collection of events provides another means of investigating Australia's past and trying to identify what we mean by 'Our Heritage'.In 1972 the Australian Labor Party won the Federal election after 23 years in opposition.Gough Whitlam became Prime Minister and immediately ended the National Service call-up.Issues of all kinds came to the fore -- a referendum was held over whether to dam the Franklin River, peace rallies were well attended during the early part of the decade, land rights became part of the political agenda and the first national council on AIDS was held in 1984.A Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody was set up and Australia signed the Ozone Layer Treaty.

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