On 27 May 1967 more than 90 per cent of Australians voted ‘yes’ in a referendum to give the Australian Government the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and to cause Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to be counted in the reckoning of the population.

 As a result, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were now counted in the national Census and the Federal Government could legislate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the states and share the responsibility for Indigenous Affairs with state governments.

 The first Census fully including Aboriginal people was in 1971.

 On Sunday 28 May the NCIE is commemorating the Referendum at a free community event 1967 50.

Highlights include:

• NCIE CEO, Kirstie Parker in conversation with campaigner, Shirley Peisley and others about the referendum campaign

• Filmmaker and historian Frances Peters-Little presenting her documentary Vote Yes for the Aborigines

• Radical Son and band performing songs from the time

• A timeline with info and images from the campaign

• A yummy 1967-style afternoon tea.


12:00 Display Opens

12:30 Welcome to Country

1:00 Shirley Peisley in conversation with Kirstie Parker

2:00 Afternoon tea

2:30 Introduction and screening VOTE YES for Aborigines

3:30 Q&A with Frances Peters-Little

4:00 Radical Son

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See you all at the 1967 50 event on Sunday 28 May, from 12 – 5pm at the NCIE, 180 George St Redfern.