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The 1967 Referedum for Indigenous Rights: Lessons for today

2:15pm Sun 09 Apr

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In 1967 more than 90 percent of voters endorsed the push for greater Indigenous rights in a national referendum. This high vote came off the back of many years of campaigning by Indigenous and non-indigenous activists, including trade unionists and socialists. 

Today the '67 vote is often invoked in reference to the proposed referendum for a Voice to Parliament. However the context in which it emerged was quite different and raised specific questions about how Indigenous people can fight for their rights in post-war Australia. 

Recommended Reading

Aboriginal rights & trade unions in the 1950s and 1960sby Sandra Bloodworth
The 1967 referendum : race, power and the Australian Constitutionby Bain Attwood and Andrew Markus
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