K Lavender, Lennox Head
The article Time to move on the Uluru Statement (August 28, page one) gave inaccurate information in its first paragraph. It stated that ‘Australia voted on the referendum to give Indigenous Australians the vote.’ It is a pity that The Echo has repeated this common mistake, and it’s to be hoped that others too will note the facts.
The facts: In 1962 the Commonwealth parliament changed the Electoral Act to provide Indigenous Australians the rights to enrol and vote in federal elections, incl. Northern Territory elections.
In 1967 a federal referendum approved amendments of the Australian Constitution thus allowing Indigenous Australians to be counted in the Commonwealth Census, and allowing the Commonwealth to make special laws for Indigenous people (this had been expressly disallowed).
Source of information – Australian Electoral Commission: https://www.aec.gov.au/indigenous/milestones.htm