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Right Wrongs by Yale MacGillivray, Bronwyn Purvis, Lorena Allam, Solua Middleton, Scott Gamble and Daniel Battley (ABC)
Right Wrongs, an ABC website, offers a comprehensive gateway to the story behind the 1967 referendum, which allowed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to be counted in the official statistics of the census and made the Commonwealth government responsible for making laws for Indigenous people.
Drawing on a rich vein of archival sources, including material used by both sides in the referendum campaign, and presenting documents in a visually appealing manner, the site gives users both contextual depth and ballast in understanding the era in which this momentous change took place. With poignancy, pathos and at times heartbreak, it shows what life was like for indigenous Australians before the vote, how many of them struggled in standing up for basic human rights, and the legacies of this campaign for Australia today. The result is a deep questioning of how far the country has come since that result in May 1967.