Item Item.7 - Petition for a referendum to remove discrimination against Aborigines from the federal constitution

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Petition for a referendum to remove discrimination against Aborigines from the federal constitution


  • [1963?] (Creation)

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4 pages ; 21 x 13 cm.

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A conference in Adelaide in 1958 resulted in the formation of the Federal Council for Aboriginal Advancement. In 1964, the organisation was renamed to include Torres Strait Islanders in the title. Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders (FCAATSI) was formed to advance the rights of Aborigines. The Council included Aboriginal Advancement organisations, unions and church organisations. One of their most successful campaigns was the 1967 Referendum campaign. In March 1978 FCAATSI changed its name to the National Aboriginal and Islander Liberation Movement. This organisation never met and it was disbanded after the federal government cut funding in 1978.

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Four page leaflet (2 copies) issued by the Federal Council for Aboriginal Advancement detailing Section 51 and Section 127 of the Australian Constitution, the reasons why these sections need to be changed, the rights of Aboriginal people on settlements and reserves in five states and the Northern Territory, list of organisations affiliated to the Federal Council. One the last page: "Authorised by Mr. Stan Davey, General Secretary for Federal Council for Aboriginal Advancement". Undated.

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  • English

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Revised, Linda Justo, 7-Jan-2022. Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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