Cockatoo Island dockyards close

The Commonwealth Government announced it is closing the Cockatoo Island dockyards and the island will be sold. The 1600 workers employed by Australian National Industries, concerned about their jobs, begin a 12 week strike. The Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council is also concerned about a number of significant sites on the island. The MLALC submitted a claim on the island disputing the Commonwealth's sovereign title on the island, arguing that Aboriginal people were the owners of the site prior to European settlement in 1788.