Definition of Aboriginal tent embassy in English:

Aboriginal tent embassy

(also tent embassy)


  • A semi-permanent site of political protest established in a public space, from which indigenous people and their supporters campaign for improved rights.

    ‘the Aboriginal tent embassy remains one of the most politically and symbolically charged sites in the national capital’
    • ‘The restaurant where Thursday's clash occurred is close to the so-called Aboriginal Tent Embassy, where the protesters had demonstrated peacefully earlier in the day.’
    • ‘Staff have established a "tent embassy" outside the hospital.’
    • ‘The Aboriginal Tent Embassy was set up in the wee hours on the lawns of Parliament House in Canberra.’
    • ‘Last week's Aboriginal tent embassy protest was an unhelpful distraction in the debate over changing Australia's constitution.’
    • ‘Throughout its thirty-year history, the Aboriginal Tent Embassy has been a touchstone of controversy.’
    • ‘She has had a long association with the Aboriginal tent embassy, which receives support from the union movement.’
    • ‘Since 1992, the Aboriginal Tent Embassy has been continuously occupied, although its exact location has varied.’
    • ‘Indigenous Australians at the nearby tent embassy in front of Old Parliament House will mark "Invasion Day" today.’
    • ‘The information was passed on to members of the tent embassy who staged an angry protest.’
    • ‘With the capacity to appear and disappear suddenly, the Aboriginal Tent Embassy is ephemeral.’
    • ‘Another demonstration was held last Friday by a group of Aborigines from the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra.’