Federal Council for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

Organisation formed to lobby to repeal discriminatory legislation at state and federal levels, amend the federal constitution to enable the Commonwealth Government to legislate for Aborigines, improve the lives of Aboriginal people through housing, equal pay, education and adequate rations in remote areas, and advocate land rights.

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Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders

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2008

FCAATSI is best known for its work campaigning for a 'Yes' vote in the 1967 referendum which changed the constitution to allow the Federal government to legislate for Aboriginal people. In Sydney, it also raised awareness about the working conditions and disadvantage suffered by Aboriginal workers.