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Australia has no future if it cannot understand its Aboriginal past

Injustice and dispossession sits at the foundation of today's society

| Australia
The late actor David Gulpilil, pictured in January 2015: the hope is that there will be many stories told in his wake.   © AAP/AP

Lizzie O'Shea is a lawyer. She is author of "Future Histories: What Ada Lovelace, Tom Paine, and the Paris Commune Can Teach Us about Digital Technology."

The death this week of Australia's first great indigenous actor David Gulpilil, who starred in classic Australian films including "Storm Boy" and "Crocodile Dundee," serves as yet another reminder that while Australia has historically presented itself as a young country, such an impression leaves out important history.

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