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Vote 'Yes'
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As assimilation policy matured, laws restricting the rights of Indigenous Australians were repealed. And, at a nationwide referendum held in May 1967, ninety one per cent of voters supported two amendments to the Australian constitution.

The first was to allow the Commonwealth to make laws about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Up until then, this had been purely a state responsibility.

The second amendment approved the inclusion of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders in the Commonwealth Census; in effect acknowledging them as citizens, with the same rights as white Australians.

However land was not an issue at the 1967 referendum, and neither government, nor opposition parties supported the increasing popular call for aboriginal land rights.
1967 Referendum
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1967
1967 referendum, Australia, human rights
Inter-Racial Seminar
Topic
1967
1967 referendum, activism, civil rights, education, employment, indigenous Australians, Inter-racial Seminar, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Townsville
Referendum Campaign
Video
1967
1967 referendum
Land not the issue in 1967
Text
Aug, 9, 1968
1967 referendum, activism, citizenship, Gurindji, human rights, Inter-racial Seminar, justice, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Northern Territory, vote
Reserves: A continuing issue
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1967-1999
1967 referendum, assimilation, missions, Queensland, reserves, vote
Increasing Popularity Of Land Rights
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1960s
Aboriginal Advancement League, Australian Labor Party, land rights, politics, Whitlam, Gough
'Yes' poster - 1967 referendum
Image
1967
1967 referendum, citizenship, human rights, indigenous Australians, vote
Aborigine asks for 'yes' vote
Newspaper
1967
1967 referendum, vote
The Referendum
Newspaper
May, 29, 1967
1967 referendum
A Yes Vote for Aborigines
Newspaper
May, 16, 1967
1967 referendum, vote
'Vote Yes' Jingle
Audio
May, 27, 1967
1967 referendum, citizenship, human rights, indigenous Australians, vote