Indigenous voting rights in Queensland

Up until December 1965, the vast majority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in Queensland were denied the right to enrol to vote in State Government elections. This disqualification was embedded in a range of legislation starting with the Queensland Elections Act of 1885 and continuing until the Elections Amendment Act of 1965, which extended voting rights to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the state. Queensland was the last Australian state to give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people the same voting rights as other Australians.

The first state election in which all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were able to vote was held on 28 May 1966.

The State Library of Queensland holds the federal electoral rolls for each state.  Electoral rolls are a useful resource for family history.  For more information see Family history Info Guide 3.7 - Electoral Rolls.


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