SYDNEY (dpa) – The Australian government began its first full day from a temporary base in a remote aboriginal area of northern Australia, news reports said Monday.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his cabinet ministers relocated to Arnhem Land, which spans around 97,000 square kilometres, and is one of the largest Aboriginal reserves in Australia.
Abbott was due to visit local businesses in Arnhem Land on Monday, broadcaster ABC reported.
He is thought to be the first prime minister to lead the government from within a deeply traditional Aboriginal area.
He was welcomed to Arnhem Land on Sunday by painted dancers from the Rirratjingu clan, The Australian newspaper reported.
A cultural centre will be the temporary seat of government for the next five days, reports said.