Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders (FCAATSI
) (1968) Report on Aboriginal and European Leadership in FCAATSI
Thanks also to former members of the Cairns League and FCAATSI and to their families for contributing interviews to this research.
endix 1: Attendance at annual FCAATSI conferences, 1958-1972 in Taffe, Black and White Together, p.
Looking back now more than a generation later we can see FCAATSI as very much a creature of its time which explains its significant but strictly ephemeral success.
Taffe spends considerable time on the centre-piece of FCAATSI campaigning: the crusade to amend the constitution resulting in the referendum of 1967.
This is Homer's tribute (himself an active participant) in FCAATSI
, to his fellow white warriors in the Aboriginal advancement movement, but also to his many Aboriginal and Tortes Strait Islander friends and colleagues who helped him realise the full effect of dispossession on Indigenous Australians.
They show concern about many mistaken popular views of the referendum's great success, and regard the FCAATSI advocates as myth-making amateurs.
By 1963, FCAATSI was well informed of the many constitutional disadvantages of Aborigines being governed by separate states.