In history May 2018

Milestones from this month in the history of the Australian Parliament.

Jun 6, 2018

On 30 May 1916, the Australian Soldiers' Repatriation Fund Act 1916 received Royal Assent. The Act, which was negotiated between the state governments and the federal government, created a fund to help soldiers returning from the First World War to start farms.

On 17 May 1932, the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) was formed when the Australian Broadcasting Commission Act 1932 received Royal Assent.On 1 July that year,its first transmission was a broadcast by the leaders of Australia’s 3 main political parties: Prime Minister Joseph Lyons (United Australia Party), Leader of the Opposition James Scullin (Australian Labor Party), and Dr Earle Page (Country Party). Find out more on the Federal Parliament History Timeline.

On 27 May 1967, over 90 per cent of Australians voted ‘Yes’ to allow the federal Parliament to make laws specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and to remove discriminatory references to Indigenous Australians from the Constitution. Find out more on the Federal Parliament History Timeline and in Get Parliament online.

On 28 May 2000, 250 000 Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians walked across the Sydney Harbour Bridge in support of reconciliation. In 2018, this date became the Reconciliation Day public holiday in the Australian Capital Territory.