The lessons in the 1967 Referendum campaign

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Gabrielle Watson


The composition of Australia’s Constitution saw a pattern of discrimination emerge against its Indigenous peoples, calling into question the strength of Australia’s commitment to its founding narrative of a ‘fair go’. This essay explores whether the 1967 Referendum, in which Australians voted overwhelmingly to amend the Constitution to allow the Commonwealth to make laws for Aboriginal people and include them in the census, had an affect on actual behaviour of the Commonwealth and non-Indigenous people towards the Indigenous population.

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Watson, G. (2020). The lessons in the 1967 Referendum campaign. NEW: Emerging Scholars in Australian Indigenous Studies, 5(1). Retrieved from