50th Anniversary - 1967 Referendum

On 27 May 1967, Australians overwhelmingly voted to amend the Constitution to include the Indigenous population in the census and give the Commonwealth power to make special laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The Faculty of Law and the Nyombil Centre at Bond University invite you to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the referendum and join a distinguished panel of Indigenous leaders and activists in discussing its legacy. What do the 1967 reforms mean for Indigenous people in Australia today? Are further constitutional changes needed and, if so, what form should they take?

Please join us for this memorable event. The keynote speaker will be followed by a panel discussion, and conclude with refreshments.


Thursday 25 May


University Club (Bldg 6, Bond University)


5:30pm – 8:30pm

Keynote Speaker

Professor Irene Watson is the Pro Vice Chancellor: Aboriginal Leadership and Strategy, David Unaipon Chair, and Professor of Law at the University of South Australia.

Panel Members

Dr Valerie Cooms is a full-time member of the Native Title Tribunal. Dr Cooms belongs to the Nunukul people of North Stradbroke Island.

Joshua Creamer is Waanyi and Kalkadoon. He is a nationally practising Barrister.

Heron Loban is a Senior Lecturer at the Griffith law School. She is a Torres Strait Islander woman with family connections to Mabuiag and Boigu.


Dani Larkin is a Bond Law PhD student. Her father’s family are from the Kungarakany tribe located in the Northern Territory. Her mother’s family are from the Bundjalung tribe from northern New South Wales.