The 1967 referendum

In a referendum held on 27 May 1967, Australians voted to remove references in the Australian Constitution discriminating against First Australians.

In a referendum held on 27 May 1967, Australians voted to remove references in the Australian Constitution discriminating against First Australians.

The changes to the Constitution included the repeal of 2 sections, Section 51 (xxvi) and Section 127. This enabled the Australian Parliament to:

  • make special laws for First Australians
  • include First Australians in the national census.

For more records relating to the 1967 referendum, visit referendums and changing Australia's constitution.

Curriculum areas

  • Year 10 History
  • Year 11 History
  • Year 12 History
  • Year 6 History
  • Year 7 Civics and Citizenship

Questions

  • What motivated the Australian community to campaign for constitutional change? 
  • Prior to the 1967 referendum, what attempts had been made to raise awareness of issues affecting First Australians? 
  • What changes were made to the Constitution as a result of the referendum? What was the impact of this?

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