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1967 Referendum – Jaydyn Hoskins

In 1967, 27 May there was a vote for the traditional owners of this land (aboriginals) to be recognized by the constitution and with the following results being highly positive and was highly looked upon by a large portion of Australia
The referendum did not give Indigenous people the right to vote or give Indigenous people citizenship rights or give Indigenous people the right to be counted in the census, although this was a big step inequality in Australia it had its issues and by itself did not change everyone’s minds when it came to the aboriginal people of 1967, Even the prime minister at the time was not open to the changes and even argued against it, Prime Minister Robert Menzies proposed if it wore to go through there should be a separate section of the government for the aboriginals.

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What did the Referendum mean to indigenous Australians, the referendum allowed aboriginals to have laws in place for their benefit and abled more funding to go to aboriginal support, the right to vote of course, but did not give them equal pay or citizenship rights and having the recognition many deserved, but many Australians thought too little too late for the referendum, and how the damage has already been done to the indigenous community and the referendum wouldn’t make a difference, but many others thought opposite say its step in the right direction. One of the main factors of the referendum being made is how other countries saw australia and the discrimination of the country, although some say this isn’t morally or ethically right by the australian government some see it as the silver lining in indigenous rights.

When the 1967 Referendum came into play for Australia, it did not change everything overnight many Australian indigenous people had very high expectation for the change, and due to the high expectation found that when the day came for when the referendum came into play were disappointed to find that most things didn’t change and would still take some time for anything to be different.

Before the 1967 Referendum the “race power” in the constitution gave the government the ability to have laws to have specific laws directed to peoples of other races and had the ability to have exceptions for the indigenous people of Australia, when the referendum came in place it removed certain phrases from the constitution that implied exclusion of the indigenous aboriginals of Australia, now the races power act has been used for the aboriginal peoples benefit such as the Native Title Act, 1993. In 2010 there was a “new” referendum proposed that started the recognition of aboriginal australians as the original and rightful owners of this land (australia), acknowledging the relationship between Aboriginals and their land and waters, also to continue the respect towards their languages and heritage, i believe this shows how the 1967 referendum has furthered the indigenous rights and is another step into the right direction.

In 1967, 27 May there was a vote for the traditional owners of this land (aboriginals) to be recognized by the constitution and with the following results being highly positive and was highly looked upon by a large portion of Australia
The referendum did not give Indigenous people the right to vote or give Indigenous people citizenship rights or give Indigenous people the right to be counted in the census, although this was a big step inequality in Australia it had its issues and by itself did not change everyone’s minds when it came to the aboriginal people of 1967, Even the prime minister at the time was not open to the changes and even argued against it, Prime Minister Robert Menzies proposed if it wore to go through there should be a separate section of the government for the aboriginals.

What did the Referendum mean to indigenous Australians, the referendum allowed aboriginals to have laws in place for their benefit and abled more funding to go to aboriginal support, the right to vote of course, but did not give them equal pay or citizenship rights and having the recognition many deserved, but many Australians thought too little too late for the referendum, and how the damage has already been done to the indigenous community and the referendum wouldn’t make a difference, but many others thought opposite say its step in the right direction. One of the main factors of the referendum being made is how other countries saw australia and the discrimination of the country, although some say this isn’t morally or ethically right by the australian government some see it as the silver lining in indigenous rights.

When the 1967 Referendum came into play for Australia, it did not change everything overnight many Australian indigenous people had very high expectation for the change, and due to the high expectation found that when the day came for when the referendum came into play were disappointed to find that most things didn’t change and would still take some time for anything to be different.

Before the 1967 Referendum the “race power” in the constitution gave the government the ability to have laws to have specific laws directed to peoples of other races and had the ability to have exceptions for the indigenous people of Australia, when the referendum came in place it removed certain phrases from the constitution that implied exclusion of the indigenous aboriginals of Australia, now the races power act has been used for the aboriginal peoples benefit such as the Native Title Act, 1993. In 2010 there was a “new” referendum proposed that started the recognition of aboriginal australians as the original and rightful owners of this land (australia), acknowledging the relationship between Aboriginals and their land and waters, also to continue the respect towards their languages and heritage, i believe this shows how the 1967 referendum has furthered the indigenous rights and is another step into the right direction.

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