rights and freedoms of aboriginal people

year 10 sccc history assessment


Australian Citizenship Act gives Indigenous Australians the vote in Commonwealth elections if they are enrolled for State elections or have served in the Armed Forces.

Approx. 1949

The Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines (later the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders) begins a ten year campaign to end Constitution's d

Approx. 1958

All Indigenous people are given the vote in Commonwealth elections.

Approx. 1962

Whitlam hands back title to Gurindji people. Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) passed. Aboriginal Day extended to National Aborigines Week.


Aboriginal Land Rights Act (NT)


Indigenous people at Noonkanbah protest against an American oil company's test drilling for oil. The WA Supreme Court grants an injunction, but tests eventually go ahead.


Bicentenary protest sees tens of thousands march on Australia Day. NADOC changes its name to include Torres Strait Islanders; it is now NAIDOC


Mabo decision by the High Court overturns terra nullius and rules that native title exists over unalienated Crown land, national parks and reserves. First “Survival Day” concert held at La Pero


HREOC National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families announced.


Bringing Them Home, the report of the inquiry into the Stolen Generations, is released. It recommends a national sorry day to commemorate the history and effects of removing children from their


Corroboree 2000. Handover of Document for Reconciliation at Sydney Opera House, more than 300 000 join in the Bridge Walk.


13th February: Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says 'Sorry' to the Stolen Generations.