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The 1967 Referendum On 27 May 1967 a Federal referendum was held The first question referred to as the nexus question was an attempt to alter the balance of numbers in the Senate and the House of Representatives The second question was to determine whether two references in the Australian Constitution which discriminated against Aboriginal people should be removed This fact sheet addresses the second question The sections of the Constitution under scrutiny were 51 The Parliament shall subject to this Constitution have power to make laws for the peace order and good government of the Commonwealth with respect to- xxvi The people of any race other than the aboriginal people in any State for whom it is necessary to make special laws 127 In reckoning the numbers of the people of the Commonwealth or of a State or other part of the Commonwealth aboriginal natives should not be counted The removal of the words other than the aboriginal people in any State in section 51xxvi and the whole of section 127 were considered by many to be representative of the prevailing movement for political change within Indigenous affairs As a result of the political climate this referendum saw the highest YES vote ever recorded in a Federal referendum with 9077 per cent voting for change It is interesting to note that because the majority of parliamentarians supported the proposed amendment a NO case was never formulated for presentation as part of the referendum campaign Copies of the YES case can be located on files identified below The right to vote The 1967 referendum did not give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples the right to vote This right had been legislated for Commonwealth elections in 1962 with the last State to provide Indigenous enfranchisement being Queensland in 1965 Records relating to the referendum The National Archives in Canberra holds a
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