Twelve teenage girls took part in the ceremony
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Aborigines celebrate debutantes' ball 60th anniversary

Aboriginal people in Australia have been celebrating 60 years of debutantes' balls.

Twelve teenage girls took part in the ceremony in what is been seen as symbolic first step into adulthood.

The organisers say it gives the girls an experience they would not have in their own often troubled communities and makes them feel more comfortable with who they are.

From Sydney, the BBC's Duncan Kennedy reports.