1962 – Aboriginal Affairs Act and Commonwealth Electoral Act

Aboriginal Affairs Act in South Australia abolishes all restrictions on Aboriginal people to promote their assimilation. The Commonwealth Electoral Act is amended to give the vote to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples at Federal elections. The Act provided that Aboriginal Australians should have the right to enrol and vote at federal elections but enrolment was not compulsory. Despite this amendment, it was still illegal under Commonwealth legislation to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to enrol to vote. Photo: http://www.abc.net.au