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The Modern World and Australia

a study of the history of the modern world and Australia from 1918 to the present, with an emphasis on Australia in its global context. The twentieth century became a critical period in Australia’s social, cultural, economic and political development. The transformation of the modern world during a time of political turmoil, global conflict and international cooperation provides a necessary context for understanding Australia’s development, its place within the Asia-Pacific region, and its global standing.

Take The Near Impossible Literacy Test Louisiana Used to Suppress the Black Vote (1964)

In William Faulkner's 1938 novel The Unvanquished , the implacable Colonel Sartoris takes drastic action to stop the election of a black Republican candidate to office after the Civil War, destroying the ballots of black voters and shooting two Northern carpetbaggers.
The US civil rights movement and its influence on Australia (ACDSEH105)

Rights of Indigenous People

Author and Page information This page: To print all information e.g. expanded side notes, shows alternative links, use the print version: There are approximately 370 million indigenous people spanning 70 countries, worldwide.

Civics | The 1967 Referendum

This unit of work focuses on the 1967 referendum which removed two discriminatory sections from the Australian Constitution. These sections had prevented Aboriginal people from being counted in the official census, meaning they did not officially count as citizens. The referendum also gave the Commonwealth Government power over Aboriginal affairs.

Indigenous rights

Indigneous Victorian communities have a rich history, passed on to us through art, activism and oral history. Find out about Native Title and the struggle for land, the history of Reconciliation in Australia, the impact of European settlement Indigenous communities in Victoria and how individuals spoke out for their right to fair treatment.

Aboriginal culture & resources - Creative Spirits - Land Rights

Take a look beyond the stereotypes and discover what Aboriginal life is like today - from arts and land to sport and spirituality.

Aboriginal culture & resources - Creative Spirits - Voting Rights

Self-determination Some Aboriginal people were granted voting rights in the 1850s, but it wasn't until 1962 that all Aboriginal Australians were allowed to vote. Aboriginal 'Vote' poster. This poster is part of a series designed specifically for and in consultation with remote area communities by Aboriginal designers in the late 1980s to encourage Aboriginal citizens to become actively involved and to exercise their right to vote [1].

Aboriginal culture & resources - Creative Spirits - Aboriginal Tent Embassy, Canberra

History Aboriginal people erected the Tent Embassy in 1972 in Canberra to protest against a court decision over mining operations on Aboriginal land. Many struggles and battles later, the Embassy has become a heritage-listed landmark for Aboriginal protest.

Published Research | Lowitja Institute

In late 2012, the Lowitja Institute embarked on a project using 'futures thinking' to consider how research might best contribute to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing in the year 2030. The project was motivated by a desire to 'get ahead of the game': to anticipate and prepare for the potential research demands of the future.

Collaborating for Indigenous Rights 1957-1973

Late on Australia Day 1972, four young Aboriginal men erected a beach umbrella on the lawns outside Parliament House in Canberra and put up a sign which read 'Aboriginal Embassy'. Over the following months, supporters of the embassy swelled to 2000.