Item Item.8 - National petition towards equal citizenship for Aborigines

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National petition towards equal citizenship for Aborigines


  • 1963? (Creation)

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1 leaf ; 25 x 21 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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Blank petition form requesting Section 127 and the discriminatory words in Section 51 be removed from the Constitution by the holding of a referendum "at an early date". At foot of leaflet: "Authorised by Mr. Stan Davey, general secretary for the Federal Council for Aboriginal Advancement, on behalf of 34 affiliated organisations from all Australian States and Northern Territory ... petition to be returned by February 28th, 1963."

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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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