An absent negative: the 1967 referendum

McGregor, Russell (2008) An absent negative: the 1967 referendum. History Australia: Journal of the Australian Historical Association , 5 (2). 44.1-44.9.

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Abstract

This article argues that the absence of a campaign for a 'no' vote in the 1967 referendum was crucial not only to its outcome but, more importantly, to its conduct and subsequent commemoration. Not having to face an organised opposition, the campaign for a 'yes' vote remained superficial, and its proponents failed to publicly explain either how constitutional amendment could secure Aboriginal citizenship or what that citizenship might entail. For the same reason, the referendum has been memorialised in the misleading terms set down by the 'yes' campaigners as the moment when Aborigines 'got the rights'. This article has been peer-reviewed.

Item ID: 6381
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
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ISSN: 1449-0854
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2010 01:47
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History @ 50%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) @ 50%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 100%
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