Native Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Peoples Of Australia

1261 Words Nov 13th, 2014 6 Pages
The native Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Australia had, since western settlement in 1788, been dispossessed of their natural freedoms and rights. Centuries later, by 1954, the law still discriminated against the indigenous, inhibiting their civil liberties; however, many improvements have occurred which substantially bettered the standards of life as present.
Originally, Aborigines were considered savages and fell under the Flora and Fauna Act, but through the reconciliation movement and advocation of rights Aborigines are now recognised as Australia’s first peoples and citizens of the commonwealth. The civil right campaigns, which significantly impacted the referendum, were conducted by some of the first Aboriginals to attend university. A leading figure in the crusade for equality was Charles Perkins, the first Aboriginal man to graduate university. Along with the reconciliation movement, the call regarding social equity by activists like Perkins, prompted the country’s prior and current attempts to give justice for past wrongs. Albeit even with achieving so much, the struggle for equal rights and freedoms has persisted into the twenty-first century, along with certain inequalities and social injustices.

The movement, which significantly marked improvement in the rights and freedoms of the indigenous peoples, is considered to have begun with the 1967 referendum. Previously, native Australians, as remembered by New South Wales first Aboriginal minister,…

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