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Aboriginal Voting Myth

SIR: Wolfgang Kasper is wrong when he states that Aborigines “had been denied the vote at federal elections before 1967” (January-February 2015). It is regrettable that a man of his erudition should add his support to perpetuating that myth. The first Commonwealth Parliament passed the Franchise Act 1902 which provided: “No aboriginal native of Australia, Asia, Africa or the islands of the Pacific, except New Zealand, shall be entitled to have his name placed on the electoral roll, unless so entitled under Section 41 of the Constitution.” S. 41 stated: “No adult person who has or acquires a right to…

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