'Constitutional Alteration (Aboriginals) Act 1967'

'Constitutional Alteration (Aboriginals) Act 1967'

On 27 May 1967 Australians voted overwhelmingly to change the Constitution by removing certain phrases that discriminated against Aboriginal people. Having been accepted by a majority of voters in a majority of states, as well an overall majority of 90.77 per cent, the changes became law when this Act gained royal assent on 10 August 1967.

Since 1901, 44 proposals for constitutional change have been presented at referendums for the verdict of the Australian people. Only eight of these have been accepted.

More information can be found in Fact Sheet 150 – The 1967 Referendum.

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