1967 Referendum (The): Race, power and the Australian Constitution
Bain Attwood & Andrew Markus
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The 1967 Referendum explores the legal and political significance of the national referendum and the long struggle by black and white Australians for constitutional change. On 27 May 1967, an overwhelming majority of electors voted in a national referendum to amend the Australian Consitution and grant citizenship rights, including the right to vote, to the Aboriginal people of Australia, making the Commonwealth responsible for Aboriginal affairs.

The book reveals how and why the referendum campaign acquired so much significance, and has since become the subject of highly charged myth in contemporary Australia. Attwood and Markus’s text is complemented by personal recollections of the campaign by a range of Indigenous people, historical documents and photographs.

Bain Attwood is an Associate Professor of History in the School of Historical Studies at Monash University and Adjunct Professor at the Australian National University’s Centre for Cross-Cultural Research.

Andrew Markus is Professor of Jewish Civilisation and the Academic Director of the Australian Centre for the Study of Jewish Civilisation. Both have written extensively on Aboriginal history and Australian race relations.

May 2007, pb, 240x170mm, 200pp, b/w illus.
ISBN 9780855755553

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