The 1967 referendum what rights did aboriginal people have between 1901-1967 at the time of federation, aborigines were excluded from the rights of australian citizenship, including the right to vote, the right to be counted in a census and the right to be counted as part of an electorate. By the 1960's the civil rights movements had started the beginning of national black consciousness and in 1967 the commonwealth referendum voted to empower the commonwealth to legislate for all aboriginal people to be counted in the census and give the commonwealth government specific laws for indigenous people. The australian referendum of 27 may 1967, called by the holt government, approved two amendments to the australian constitution relating to indigenous australians technically it was a vote on the constitution alteration (aboriginals) 1967 ,  which became law on 10 august 1967 following the results of the referendum.
Aboriginal rights activist and community worker aunty celia smith (in hat with back to camera) with granny monsell (waving) on may day float campaigning for a 'yes' vote in the 1967 referendum, brisbane, 1967. In 1967, 90% of australia voted yes in a referendum to recognise aboriginals as australian citizens with such overwhelming public support, what did the no campaign look like ( selfaskhistorians . The 1967 referendum regarding aboriginal rights has long been regarded as a pivotal point in modern aboriginal history in australia but exactly what pivoted on that day for 47 years, and even.
The 1967 referendum, indigenous people today, aboriginal people and torres strait islanders, sose, year 6, wa what was the 1967 referendum the 1967 referendum was a public vote to determine the public's opinions of two aspects of the australian constitution (a written statement which outlines the country's rules and regulations) that related directly. Discuss recognition of aboriginal and torres strait islander people in the australian constitution, learn about what compelled the nation to make constitutional change in the 1967 referendum the rights for civil rights. The 1967 referendum was the culmination of a long struggle for both aboriginal rights and respect, for social esteem as well as equality before the law 'right wrongs, write yes': what was the. The may 1967 referendum is considered an instrumental piece of australian history and crucial for the aboriginal movement that continues to strive for justice and equality amongst all australians the overwhelming support for the vote for 'yes' saw fundamental changes brought to aboriginal australians and their culture.
Up until 1967 each state made their own law for aboriginals, which lead to different laws in each state the 1967 referendum saw more than 90% of. Another important outcome of the 1967 referendum was a symbolic one the yes vote, was a powerful statement of recognition for aboriginal and torres strait islander peoples and helped to bring a sense of unity to all australians, the overwhelming majority of whom had voted decisively to end constitutional inequality. Also asks students to reflect on the effects of the 1967 referendum for aboriginal and torres strait islander people ~ watch the video r8897 the foundation 1963. Reflection on the 1967 referendum and the commissioner's multiculturalism position in addition to being the aboriginal and torres strait islander social justice.
The 1967 referendum in quotes and pictures the referendum on clauses concerning aborigines was to be run concurrently with another about breaking the nexus between the number of seats in. Following the 1967 referendum, the words other than the aboriginal people in any state in section 51(xxvi) and the whole of section 127 were removed, allowing for indigenous people to be included in the census, and giving federal parliament the power to make laws in relation to indigenous people. School: australia and 1967 referendum essay except for aboriginals living in australian territories, was a state matter australia was experiencing a natural.
Right wrongs - on may 27, 1967, australians voted in a referendum to change how aboriginal and torres strait islander people were referred to in the constitution how far have we come since 1967. Vote yes for aborigines revisits those involved with the 1967 referendum and the social attitudes and influences that led to the event, featuring former prime ministers, politicians, historians and campaigners. Barnardos' senior advisor raylene popovich speaks about her family's experience of the 1967 referendum, where australia voted to count aboriginal and torres.
The referendum of 1967 approved two australian constitutions concerning about aboriginals and torres straight islanders the change of sections 51 and 127 in the australian constitution allowed aboriginals to be counted in the national census and the commonwealth's right to legislate for aboriginal peoples. Saturday 27th of may marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum in which australians voted overwhelmingly to amend the constitution to allow the commonwealth to make laws for aboriginal people and include them in the census the referendum put the following question to the australian people. As i reflect on the 1967 referendum, as a white historian and christian, i am struck by the extraordinary courage and persistence of those aboriginal and torres strait islander leaders who waged a decade-long campaign to change the constitution. The 1967 referendum on 27 may 1967, australians voted in favour of changes to the australian constitution to improve the services available to indigenous australians the changes focused on two sections of the constitution, which discriminated against aborigines.