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A part of South Australia until 1911, when its population was just over 3,000, it was transferred to the federal government and became the responsibility of the Ministry for External Affairs. A legislative council was established in 1947, which in 1974 became an elected body of nineteen members. Its status was redefined in 1978, when it received internal self‐government headed by an administrator and a chief minister, while remaining dependent on the federal government for most of its income. Since 1976, around one‐third of its area has been given as reserves to its numerically significant population of Aborigines and Torres Straits claims (australia)

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