The 1967 Referendum

Assessment tasks

  1. Research the role of one of the following in the campaign for Aboriginal equality in the 1960s and 1970s: Charles Perkins, Faith Bandler, Chicka Dixon and Kath Walker (later Oodgeroo Noonuccal).
  2. 'The 1967 referendum made little difference to the reality of life for Aboriginal people.'
    To what extent do you agree with this assessment of the 1967 referendum?

Additional resources

Further reading

  • Attwood, B and Markus, A 1999, The Struggle for Aboriginal Rights, Allen & Unwin, Sydney.
  • Bennett, S 1999, White Politics and Black Australians, Allen & Unwin, Sydney.
  • Goodall, H 1996, Land in Aboriginal Politics in NSW 1770–1972, Allen & Unwin, Sydney.
  • Stone, S 1974, Aborigines in White Australia, Heinemann Educational Australia.



Introduction | What rights did Aboriginal people have between 1901–1967? | Why did Australian attitudes towards Aborigines change? | What were the consequences of the referendum? | Assessment tasks and Additional resources