Konstantina "Flora and Fauna"
It is sometimes stated that the 1967 Referendum overturned a ‘Flora and Fauna Act’. This supposed act classed Aboriginal people alongside native Australian flora and fauna. While no such act ever existed, the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 encouraged this belief. This Act gave the NSW government control over Aboriginal heritage and landscape. In addition, some states did manage Aboriginal affairs through departments that also looked after flora and fauna. At the time there was a better understanding of the number of sheep and cattle in Australia than the Aboriginal population.
*partial excerpt http://museum.wa.gov.au/referendum-1967
64 x 64 cms polymer and acrylic on canvas