How television moved a nation

media, change and Indigenous rights

Lisa WALLER, Kerry MCCALLUM

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)
6 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

This article examines the role of television in Australia’s 1967 referendum, which is widely believed to have given rights to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It presents an analysis of archival television footage to identify five stories that moved the nation: Australia’s shame, civil rights and global connections, admirable activists, ‘a fair go’ and consensus. It argues that television shaped the wider culture and opened a channel of communication that allowed Indigenous activists and everyday people to speak directly to non-Indigenous people and other First Nations people throughout the land for the first time. The referendum narrative that television did so much to craft and promote marks the shift from an older form of settler nationalism that simply excluded Indigenous people, to an ongoing project that seeks to recognise, respect and ‘reaccredit’ the nation-state through incorporation of Indigenous narratives. We conclude that whereas television is understood to have ‘united’ the nation in 1967, 50 years later seismic shifts in media and society have made the quest for further constitutional reform on Indigenous rights and recognition more sophisticated, diffuse, complex and challenging.
Original languageEnglish
Article number3
Pages (from-to)992-1007
Number of pages15
JournalMedia, Culture and Society
Volume40
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Fingerprint

Television
television
referendum
narrative
constitutional reform
shame
civil rights
nation state
nationalism
respect
communication
Communication

Cite this

@article{04f2d0d06d5246dbb476ebd760125eef,
title = "How television moved a nation: media, change and Indigenous rights",
abstract = "This article examines the role of television in Australia’s 1967 referendum, which is widely believed to have given rights to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It presents an analysis of archival television footage to identify five stories that moved the nation: Australia’s shame, civil rights and global connections, admirable activists, ‘a fair go’ and consensus. It argues that television shaped the wider culture and opened a channel of communication that allowed Indigenous activists and everyday people to speak directly to non-Indigenous people and other First Nations people throughout the land for the first time. The referendum narrative that television did so much to craft and promote marks the shift from an older form of settler nationalism that simply excluded Indigenous people, to an ongoing project that seeks to recognise, respect and ‘reaccredit’ the nation-state through incorporation of Indigenous narratives. We conclude that whereas television is understood to have ‘united’ the nation in 1967, 50 years later seismic shifts in media and society have made the quest for further constitutional reform on Indigenous rights and recognition more sophisticated, diffuse, complex and challenging.",
keywords = "Television, 1967 Referendum",
author = "Lisa WALLER and Kerry MCCALLUM",
year = "2018",
doi = "10.1177/0163443718754650",
language = "English",
volume = "40",
pages = "992--1007",
journal = "Media, Culture and Society",
issn = "0163-4437",
publisher = "SAGE Publications Ltd",
number = "7",

}

How television moved a nation : media, change and Indigenous rights. / WALLER, Lisa; MCCALLUM, Kerry.

In: Media, Culture and Society, Vol. 40, No. 7, 3, 2018, p. 992-1007.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - How television moved a nation

T2 - media, change and Indigenous rights

AU - WALLER, Lisa

AU - MCCALLUM, Kerry

PY - 2018

Y1 - 2018

N2 - This article examines the role of television in Australia’s 1967 referendum, which is widely believed to have given rights to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It presents an analysis of archival television footage to identify five stories that moved the nation: Australia’s shame, civil rights and global connections, admirable activists, ‘a fair go’ and consensus. It argues that television shaped the wider culture and opened a channel of communication that allowed Indigenous activists and everyday people to speak directly to non-Indigenous people and other First Nations people throughout the land for the first time. The referendum narrative that television did so much to craft and promote marks the shift from an older form of settler nationalism that simply excluded Indigenous people, to an ongoing project that seeks to recognise, respect and ‘reaccredit’ the nation-state through incorporation of Indigenous narratives. We conclude that whereas television is understood to have ‘united’ the nation in 1967, 50 years later seismic shifts in media and society have made the quest for further constitutional reform on Indigenous rights and recognition more sophisticated, diffuse, complex and challenging.

AB - This article examines the role of television in Australia’s 1967 referendum, which is widely believed to have given rights to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It presents an analysis of archival television footage to identify five stories that moved the nation: Australia’s shame, civil rights and global connections, admirable activists, ‘a fair go’ and consensus. It argues that television shaped the wider culture and opened a channel of communication that allowed Indigenous activists and everyday people to speak directly to non-Indigenous people and other First Nations people throughout the land for the first time. The referendum narrative that television did so much to craft and promote marks the shift from an older form of settler nationalism that simply excluded Indigenous people, to an ongoing project that seeks to recognise, respect and ‘reaccredit’ the nation-state through incorporation of Indigenous narratives. We conclude that whereas television is understood to have ‘united’ the nation in 1967, 50 years later seismic shifts in media and society have made the quest for further constitutional reform on Indigenous rights and recognition more sophisticated, diffuse, complex and challenging.

KW - Television

KW - 1967 Referendum

U2 - 10.1177/0163443718754650

DO - 10.1177/0163443718754650

M3 - Article

VL - 40

SP - 992

EP - 1007

JO - Media, Culture and Society

JF - Media, Culture and Society

SN - 0163-4437

IS - 7

M1 - 3

ER -