Ben Chifley
1945-1949

"My government has passed the Commonwealth Electoral Act and in so doing aboriginal people now have the right to enrol and vote at federal elections, provided they are entitled to enrol for state elections or have served in the defence forces."

Indigenous perspective

"We work on a station in the Pilbara, W.A.. None of us are paid, we are frequently bashed or chained up, there are no kitchens, latrines or washing facilities. White men force their attention on our women and nothing is done by the owners. We have had enough and are joining others to walk off together in protest."