Today’s anniversary of the historic 1967 referendum is a day to celebrate the achievements of the past and reflect on the opportunity ahead of us to recognise that modern Australia shares its history with the oldest continuing cultures on earth.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the referendum was a landmark moment for the whole of the country that ensured First Australians were counted as citizens and gave the Federal Government responsibility for Indigenous Affairs.
“I acknowledge and celebrate the long-standing struggle and hard work of the pioneers who were behind that critical event in our nation’s past,” Senator Scullion said.
“The Coalition Government recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first inhabitants and is committed to achieving constitutional recognition of First Australians through a bipartisan approach.
“The Referendum Council, jointly appointed by the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader, is due to report soon and will inform the next steps towards a successful referendum.
“We remain committed to holding a referendum at the earliest opportunity that success can be achieved.”