About Reconciliation Week
Each year Reconciliation Week is held between 27 May and 3 June to commemorate two very important dates in Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian relations:
27 May is the Anniversary of the 1967 referendum when 90% of Australians voted to remove clauses, which discriminated against Indigenous Australians, from the Australian Constitution. This also gave the Federal Government power to make laws on behalf of Indigenous Australians.
3 June is the Anniversary of the High Court’s handing down of the judgement made on the Mabo case, in which Eddie Mabo argued that Murray Islanders’ rights to their land were not extinguished by the annexation of the islands by the State of Queensland. The Court agreed and ‘terra nulius’ – the idea that Australia had been empty of people when settled by the British – was abandoned.
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