This Day Tonight - The 1967 Referendum
Australians have traditionally voted 'No' in referendums to change the constitution. But one such referendum - to make two amendments relating to Indigenous Australians - was overwhelmingly endorsed. One change approved so-called 'race powers' for the Federal Government and was seen as opening the way for Commonwealth laws to specifically benefit Indigenous people.
The second amendment changed a clause which excluded Aboriginal people when tallying the population. This could impact on the allocation of seats in Parliament and per capita Commonwealth grants. The 'Yes' votes came as awareness of Aboriginal issues grew, amid increasing demands by the Indigenous population for equal rights and recognition.
In this report from This Day Tonight in 1967, anchor Bill Peach and reporter Gerald Stone review the results of the referendum vote.
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