The 1967 Referendum was a catalyst for social change for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across the country. The civil rights movement aimed to alter the discriminatory references toward Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution, and to be included in the census.
The ABC Right Wrongs platform shares primary and archival resources to provide a holistic view of life before, during and after May 27, 1967. The platform was put together to provide public access to personal stories, opinions and historical recordings of what happened, while asking viewers how far have we come since 1967.
The ABC Right Wrongs Platform can be explored using the five chapters outlined in the resource.
chapter 1: Controlled but not counted. What was life like for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities before the vote?
chapter 2: Fighting for change. Across Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were finding their voices standing up for their basic human rights
chapter 3: An extraordinary vote. Passionate campaigning and activism led to the Australian government finally calling a referendum
chapter 4: The Legacy. What has changed and what has stayed the same?
chapter 5: Where to now?
*Right Wrongs was created and produced by the ABC, National and State Libraries Australasia (NSLA) and AIATSIS