Indigenous history and remembering in 2017

In 2017, two important moments in the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander activism have been commemorated.

27 May 2017: 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum. On this day Australians voted overwhelmingly to alter the constitution, allowing Aboriginal people to be counted in the census and to be subject to Commonwealth law.

3 June 2017: 25th anniversary of the Mabo decision. On this day the High Court of Australia recognised that a group of Torres Strait Islanders, led by Eddie Mabo, held ownership of Murray Island. In recognising the traditional rights of the Islanders to their land, the High Court held that native title existed for all Indigenous people.


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