1960s

The end of White Australia looms

Cartoon by Oslo Davis Cartoon by Oslo Davis
Source: Museum Victoria
 

About half of all immigrants come from countries other than Britain.

Restrictions on non-European immigration are eased by a Liberal government, permitting family and reunion, and the entry of skilled professionals.

In 1962, the Commonwealth franchise is extended to all Aborigines.

In 1965, the Labor Party's longstanding commitment to a 'White Australia Policy' is removed from its party platform.

By the late 1960s, around 6,000 immigrants from Asia are arriving each year.

A 1967 referendum overwhelmingly votes for Aboriginal people to be governed by Federal legislation and included in the Australian Census.

Aus Pop (1966): 11,550,462
Vic Pop (1966): 3,219,526 Figures taken from Colonial and Commonwealth censuses and exclude Aborigines until 1971.

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