Indigenous Civil Rights Campaign
During the 1950’s, there was growing international moral outrage at the way countries like America and South Africa treated their black populations. Australia was also beginning to receive criticism on this front, with the London Anti-Slavery Society threatening to bring Australia’s treatment of its Indigenous people before the United Nations. (1)
Responding to this growing sense of urgency for national action, a group of existing state bodies united to form the Federal Council for Aboriginal Advancement in 1958. Over the next 15 years, this council campaigned for constitutional change, equal wages, access to social service benefits, and land rights. Meanwhile, several grass-roots Indigenous organisations were also establishing themselves in the fight against discrimination.