Essay about Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islanders

1040 Words Sep 14th, 2015 5 Pages
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have struggled to gain equality and cultural recognition among the people that took away their rights and freedoms along with taking their land. Although through many years of struggling, with resilience and strength, the ATSI people have repossessed the rights and freedoms they always deserved. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people may have gained back their rights, but they are still at a disadvantage in our society, as a matter of fact, they rate as among the most disadvantaged peoples in Australia; so how much of society’s attitudes have really changed?
The treatment of the ATSI people is a part of what has shaped contemporary Australia today, our behaviour and actions towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders has progressively improved as we have become aware of our immorality in the past. A significant event that was a landmark achievement for the Aborigines was The 1967 Commonwealth Referendum. The Referendum was to amend two sections of the Australian Constitution that discriminated against Aboriginals, these two sections were: Section 51 The Parliament shall, subject to this Constitution, have power to make laws for the peace, order, and good government of the Commonwealth with respect to: ...The people of any race, other than the Aboriginal people in any State, for whom it is necessary to make special laws. Section 127 In reckoning the numbers of the people of the Commonwealth, or of a State or other part…

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