The Australian Constitution – 1967 Referendum & Aboriginal Recognition

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Date of event or class - Tue 24 Jul

Tutor/Facilitator Colin MacLeod

Frequency Weekly, 5 sessions

Mary Kehoe Centre, Room 1

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This course will cover:

  • The context of Australian constitutional history (British constitutional history)
  • Early Australian colonial constitutions
  • The build-up to Federation
  • Debate on the content and structure of the Constitution
  • The passing of the Australian Constitution Act by the House of Commons
  • The interpretation and implementation of the Constitution
  • The 1967 Referendum (Aboriginal provisions)
  • Proposed future referendum (the Uluru Statement)

5 sessions from 17 July until 14 August.

TUTOR: Colin has an impressive background that includes: barrister, judge and magistrate; patrol officer in the Northern Territory working with Australian Aborigines; lecturer at Prahran Technical College and RMIT; author of Patrol in the Dreamtime and A Strong Song.
Post-retirement activities include: assisting ex-prisoners after release from prison; Bachelor of Theology (covering Aboriginal religion, Islam, God/Science).