Sunday, May 27, 2007

1967 Indigenous Australians referendum

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted
1967 Decades overdue, an Australian referendum allowed the Federal Parliament to legislate for Indigenous Australians, and Aboriginal Australians were given the vote. In the referendum 90 per cent of Australians voted to remove clauses in the Australian Constitution which discriminated against indigenous Australians.

The referendum also gave the Australian Federal Government the power to make laws on behalf of indigenous Australians. Technically it was a vote on the Constitution Alteration (Aboriginals) 1967, which after being approved in the referendum became law on August 10 of the same year.

No progress for Australia's remote Aborigines - minister

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