Today it is 50 years since the 1967 Referendum was passed. I was 11 years old at the time. I think that the Referendum was the conclusion of one process, and the beginning of another. A process which, fifty years later, is still not complete. I think about this often, and particularly when I walk past the Aboriginal Tent Embassy.
On 27 May 1967, the people of Australia collectively voted to remove two provisions in the Australian Constitution which discriminated against Aboriginal people. The overwhelming and unprecedented ‘YES’ response was the result of the tireless work of campaigners and the growing national support for the rights of Australia’s First Peoples.