Right Wrongs: '67 Referendum

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Today marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum.

On 27 May 1967, Australia voted to change its Constitution.

The passing of this referendum enabled Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders to be counted in the national census and to be subject to Commonwealth laws, rather than just state laws.

90.77% of Australians voted 'Yes', the largest ever affirmative vote in Australian referendum history.

Aboriginal Advancement Council banner ‘Let Us Advance Together!” at the Labour D

Aboriginal Advancement Council banner ‘Let Us Advance Together!” at the Labour Day procession, Perth 1966
Image copyright WA Museum 

The Right Wrongs: '67 Referendum online exhibition explores how far we have come, where we are going and some of the issues that are still being discussed today.

This project is a collaboration between the Western Australian Museum, the State Library of Western Australia and the Department of Aboriginal Affairs in partnership with the National Archives of Australia and ABC Open.

Right Wrongs: '67 Referendum

The 1967 Referendum was a monumental moment in Australia's history.
Explore its significance in Western Australia.

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Right Wrongs: '67 Referendum
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Right Wrongs: '67 Referendum