Text 27 May: a significant date - the 1967 referendum

TLF ID M013871

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 and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It explores the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples before and after the referendum and discusses subsequent programs and initiatives that were outcomes of the changes made to the constitution. A series of questions are included to stimulate classroom discussion.

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Educational value
  • This is a particularly valuable resource for the year 10 history content description exploring the 1967 referendum. This resource discusses how the referendum proved to be a turning point in recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights and improving the status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia. It also includes a helpful list of questions to stimulate further discussion.
  • This resource is relevant for exploring the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures cross-curriculum priority of the Australian Curriculum and particularly supports the cultural priority exploring the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their struggle for rights and freedoms.
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Learning area
  • History
  • History/Historical knowledge and understanding

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    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
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