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First Australians, episode 6: A fair deal for a dark race, 2008

This resource features three clips from the television series First Australians. The clips describe how Aboriginal activists worked to achieve social reform and human rights in the period 1930 to 1987. The first clip focuses on how government bureaucracies controlled the lives of Indigenous people and on the emerging activism ...

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Before the Referendum: Margaret Valadian speaks up

Imagine being asked to speak on behalf of your culture. Explore and compare some of the attitudes of and about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in 1967. In the national referendum of that year, 90 per cent of Australian voters agreed that the affairs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be ...

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Australia's 1967 Referendum

Why have the results of the 1967 Referendum had a lasting symbolic significance? Civil rights activist Faith Bandler describes a long and well-organised struggle for the referendum and the reasons for it. Find out what percentage of Australians voted to alter the Constitution so that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ...

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Charles Perkins campaigns for Aboriginal rights

Why was 1967 a turning point in the struggle for legal equality and the civil rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples? In this clip, we encounter leading Aboriginal activist Charles Perkins as he addresses a range of public meetings held to raise awareness of racial discrimination and to bring about change ...

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Calls grow for Indigenous recognition in Australia

Discover why many Australians believe the time has come to change the Australian Constitution to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories. This program from January 2012 examines the debate about how this change might be achieved. It looks at the growing call for our constitution to recognise and advance ...

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A new referendum

Today people are campaigning to hold a referendum that seeks to fully recognise Indigenous people in the Constitution. Why does Marcia Langton believe this is a crucial thing to do? What do you think? What makes Stan Grant Snr angry about the prospect of holding another referendum?

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Oodgeroo Noonuccal

This collection of 13 digital curriculum resources focuses on Oodgeroo Noonuccal (1920-93), renowned Indigenous poet, activist and artist. It is organised into four categories - her life; role as an activist; fame as a poet; and emergence as a visual artist. The collection includes photographs, a pamphlet, a leaflet, interviews, ...

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Federation referendums

This is a collection of 13 digital curriculum resources focusing on the rounds of referendums held in Australian colonies to decide whether they would federate to form a nation. It is organised into four categories - the referendums in overview; the 1898 referendums; the 1899 referendums; and the 1900 referendum in Western ...

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Faith Bandler, 1993: 1967 referendum

This clip shows civil rights activist Faith Bandler talking about the 1967 referendum. The clip opens with archival footage of Bandler saying that the fairest thing for the government to do would be to hold a referendum. The clip then cuts to Bandler many years later, saying that before the referendum of 1967 Aboriginal ...

Teacher resource

The 1967 referendum - unit of work

This is a unit of work about the significance of the 1967 referendum on changing the Australian Constitution to allow the Commonwealth to make laws for Aboriginal people and include Aboriginal people in the census. Intended for upper secondary students, the unit is organised around historical research into three questions: ...

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An Australian republic? - unit of work

This is an extended unit of work about whether Australia should become a republic and, if so, how the new head of state should be chosen and the powers that person should have. Intended for middle and upper secondary students, the unit is organised around five areas of investigation. These involve: students researching ...

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27 May: a significant date - the 1967 referendum

This is a two-page PDF fact sheet providing information related to the 1967 referendum in which Australians voted to change the Australian constitution to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the national census and provide the Australian Government with the power to make specific laws relating to Aboriginal ...

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Constitutional recognition of the first Australians

This is a two-page PDF fact sheet that discusses the need to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within the Australian Constitution. It explores the processes by which the Constitution was established in 1900, the reference to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the process for changing ...

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'Let's Talk' series - women of influence

This information page introduces the great contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made to both local and national communities and recognises historical and contemporary achievements. It presents some key facts about award recipients and leading female activists and provides a list of current ...

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Making a Nation: changing the Constitution

This interactive resource looks at the creation of the Australian Constitution and then explores the process used to change it - referendum. Information on several referendums is presented (1910, 1937, 1967, 1984) but, in a case study, students investigate the 1951 anti-communism referendum in more detail. The seven activities ...

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Righting wrongs in the 1967 referendum

On 27 May 1967 the Australian people supported two amendments to the Constitution for Indigenous Australian recognition. This collection delves into the records of the referendum, changes to the Constitution and the background story.

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Indigenous Stories about War and Invasion

This is a website about Indigenous experiences of invasion and war during the British invasion, World War I and World War II. The resource is presented in three sections: Introductory information; Story Objects; and Story Education Resources. There are eight story objects that tell the stories of individuals, events and ...

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The 1967 referendum

This resource (an ‘education pack’) is a sequenced series of teaching/learning activities about the 1967 referendum to amend or repeal sections of the Australian Constitution that discriminated against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Intended for teachers, the 13-page pdf resource focuses mainly on the 40th ...

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1967 and a new activism

How did the yes vote in 1967 change the way laws were made for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people? The struggle for land rights became the focus of the next wave of Aboriginal activists, who gained domestic and world attention by erecting a tent embassy on the lawns of  Parliament House in Canberra. Why was the ...