On the 40th anniversary of the 1967 referendum, in 2007, people were asked what it means to be an Australian citizen. What do you think of their responses? Do you agree with any of the responses? What does being an Australian mean to you?
Many people think the 1967 referendum was about giving Aboriginal people the vote, this clip explains why that is a common misconception. What changes to the constitution were being proposed in the 1967 referendum? Why did the British feel it was not important to include the Aboriginal people in the constitution? What latin term did the British settlers use to describe the land of Australia? What is a census?
Aboriginal Australians object to the 1938 celebration of the British colonising their land. They describe it as 'a day of mourning'. The seeds of the movement to change the constitution have been sown already even though the referendum will not occur for another 30 years. Who were Cooper, Patton and Ferguson? What changes were they calling for?
In 1958 the first mainstream national Indigenous body was formed in Adelaide. The members rejected the Government’s idea of ‘assimilation’. This group was later called FCAATSI (Federal Council for the advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders) What rights were they calling for that white people already had? Why was it difficult for the members to travel interstate?
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