What changed after the 1967 referendum?
The 1967 referendum did not end discrimination in Australia but instead opened a door for the Australian Government to make specific laws that applied to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples that could assist in addressing inequalities.
What were two significant outcomes as a result of the 1967 referendum?
The 1967 Referendum was the most successful in our history winning 93 percent of votes cast. This empowered the national government to make laws in respect of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples that could assist in addressing inequalities.
Who did the 1967 referendum affect?
In 1967 the majority of Australians voted to change the Australian Constitution to count Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the national census.
What didn’t the 1967 referendum achieve?
Most Australians thought that the 1967 referendum would allow full citizenship rights for Indigenous Australians. But the referendum didn’t give Aborigines the vote, equal pay or citizenship rights. It also didn’t address their rates of pay or personal freedoms – issues that also needed urgent attention.
What was the legacy of the 1967 referendum?
The Referendum’s legacy is that the Commonwealth under the Head of Power accorded to it by section 51(26) of the Constitution enabled the Commonwealth to provide programs and services and pass legislation in respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.
What is the significance of the 1967 referendum and how do we continue to contribute to a fairer and more just society?
The result of the 1967 referendum was the first of many steps towards healing and reconciliation with Indigenous Australians. While the referendum itself encompassed modest reforms – the overwhelming public support, passion and activism demonstrated by Australians for issue defines it as a remarkable point in history.
What impact did the 1967 referendum have on Indigenous people’s lives?
The Referendum has had a lasting impact on First Nations policies. It enabled the Federal Government to pass the (Northern Territory) Land Rights Act, which has benefited many First Nations people.
Who led the Wave Hill strike?
In August 1966, Vincent Lingiari, a Gurindji spokesman, led a walk-off of 200 Aboriginal stockmen, house servants, and their families from Wave Hill as a protest against the work and pay conditions.
Was the 1967 referendum a turning point?
The culmination of a long campaign, driven by many Indigenous and non-Indigenous organisations and people, the 1967 Referendum was a turning point in race relations in Australia. Over 90% of Australians voted ‘yes’.
Who gave Vincent Lingiari sand?
An important and symbolic event in Australian history occurred when, during an emotional ceremony in 1975, Prime Minister Gough Whitlam poured the local sand into Lingiari’s hands, symbolically handing a small part of land belonging to the Wave Hill station back to the Gurindji people, on a 30-year pastoral lease.
When did aboriginals get equal rights in Australia?
The 1967 referendum – in which over 90% of voters agreed that First Australians deserved equal constitutional rights – remains the most successful referendum in Australian history.
What impact did the 1967 referendum have on indigenous people’s lives?
Did the Aboriginals ever fight back?
Some of the many acts of resistance include: Fighting back against invasion – in the early days of colonisation many Aboriginal warriors fought to protect people and Country.
Why didn’t Indigenous Australians have any rights?
Federal laws could not be made for them, they were not counted in the census and most could not vote. The authors of the Constitution believed that Indigenous Australians would die out and so didn’t require recognition or special laws.
What was the 1967 referendum?
Original photo courtesy of Rhonda Dixon. On 27 May, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum. The result changed how the Australian Constitution referred to Indigenous Australians.
Did the 1967 referendum remedy the Constitution’s failure to recognise Indigenous people?
Many Indigenous activists today are concerned that the 1967 Referendum did not remedy the Constitution’s original failure to recognise the unique status of Indigenous people as the original inhabitants of the land.  Imagine being born in a country that didn’t think you were worth counting in the Census?
Was the 1967 referendum a turning point for Indigenous Australians?
Many Indigenous people regard the 1967 Referendum as a symbolic turning point, revealing a widespread desire for Indigenous equality in Australia. Others feel that the Referendum was irrelevant to their lives, having little effect on the daily discrimination they experience.  The Referendum has had a lasting impact on Indigenous policies.
How many referendums have there been in Australia since 1901?
Since 1901, 19 referendums have proposed 44 changes to the Constitution; only eight changes have been agreed to. Before a referendum can take place, the proposed changes must be approved by the Parliament and put to the Australian voting public.