Aborigines fight violence outside Australia’s Parliament

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Aboriginal traditional dancers carrying clap sticks and spears and with faces painted white with clay have traveled from remote northern Australia to Parliament House to draw attention to rampant domestic violence in Outback indigenous communities.

Scores of Rirratjingu people flew from Yirrkala in the Northern Territory to dance a ceremony at the front door of Parliament on Monday to urge national action against family violence in communities such as theirs.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull linked arms with lawmakers as a sign of solidarity against domestic violence as they watched the ceremony.

Turnbull later moved a motion in Parliament acknowledging that violence against women was a national issue.

He says indigenous women are 34 times more likely to experience violence than other Australian women.