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The Koori (from Awabakal language gurri, as spoken in the area of what is today Newcastle, adopted by indigenous people of other areas) are the indigenous Australians that traditionally occupied modern day New South Wales and Victoria.
The term is used by the aboriginal people of Victoria, parts of New South Wales and Tasmania, describing the indigenous people's own word for themselves. It was originally a word from the North-Coast of New South Wales, recorded for the first time in 1834.
While the term 'indigenous' is being more commonly used by Australian Government and non-Government organizations to describe Aboriginal Australians, Lowitja O'Donoghue AC, CBE, commenting on the prospect of possible amendments to Australia's constitution, was reported as saying:
I really can't tell you of a time when 'indigenous' became current, but I personally have an objection to it, and so do many other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. [...] This has just really crept up on us ... like thieves in the night. [...] We are very happy with our involvement with indigenous people around the world, on the international forum [...] because they're our brothers and sisters. But we do object to it being used here in Australia.
O'Donoghue went on to say that the term indigenous robbed the traditional owners of Australia of an identity because some non-Aboriginal people now wanted to refer to themselves as indigenous because they were born there.
Other names used by Australian Indigenous people 
- Anangu in northern South Australia, and neighbouring parts of Western Australia and Northern Territory
- Bama in northern Queensland
- Murri in southern Queensland
- Nunga in southern South Australia
- Nyoongar in southern Western Australia
- Palawah (or Pallawah) in Tasmania.
- Wangai in central Western Australia
- Yolngu in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory
See also 
- Allwords.com English Dictionary. Definition of koori.
- Bangerang Cultural Centre. Meaning of the word "Koori".
- "Don't call me indigenous: Lowitja". The Age (Melbourne). Australian Associated Press. 1 May 2008. Retrieved 12 April 2010.
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- Bangerang Cultural Centre. Australia's First Aboriginal Museum.
- Koori Centre at the University of Sydney.
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