Appendix 14

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Appendix 14 Referendums to alter the constitution


  Subject
( bold type indicates referendum carried)
Date of referendum States in which majority of electors voted in favour Percentage of formal votes in favour

  Senate Elections
12.12.06
All
82.65
  Finance
13.4.10
Qld, WA, Tas.
49.04
  State Debts
13.4.10
All except NSW
54.95
  Legislative Powers
26.4.11
WA
39.42
  Monopolies
26.4.11
WA
39.89
  Trade and Commerce
31.5.13
Qld, SA, WA
49.38
  Corporations
31.5.13
Qld, SA, WA
49.33
  Industrial Matters
31.5.13
Qld, SA, WA
49.33
  Railway Disputes
31.5.13
Qld, SA, WA
49.13
  Trusts
31.5.13
Qld, SA, WA
49.78
  Nationalization of Monopolies
31.5.13
Qld, SA, WA
49.33
  Legislative Powers
13.12.19
Vic., Qld, WA
49.65
  Nationalization of Monopolies
13.12.19
Vic., Qld, WA
48.64
  Industry and Commerce
4.9.26
NSW, Qld
43.50
  Essential Services
4.9.26
NSW, Qld
42.80
  State Debts
17.11.28
All
74.30
  Aviation
6.3.37
Vic., Qld
53.56
  Marketing
6.3.37
None
36.26
  Post-war Reconstruction and Democratic Rights
19.8.44
SA, WA
45.99
  Social Services
28.9.46
All
54.39
  Organized Marketing of Primary Products
28.9.46
NSW, Vic., WA
50.57
  Industrial Employment
28.9.46
NSW, Vic., WA
50.30
  Rents and Prices
29.5.48
None
40.66
  Powers to Deal with Communists and Communism
22.9.51
Qld, WA, Tas.
49.44
  Parliament
27.5.67
NSW
40.25
  Aboriginals
27.5.67
All
90.77
  Prices
8.12.73
None
43.81
  Incomes
8.12.73
None
34.42
  Simultaneous Elections
18.5.74
NSW
48.30
  Mode of Altering the Constitution
18.5.74
NSW
47.99
  Democratic Elections
18.5.74
NSW
47.20
  Local Government Bodies
18.5.74
NSW
46.85
  Simultaneous Elections
21.5.77
NSW, Vic., SA
62.22
  Senate Casual Vacancies
21.5.77
All
73.32
  Referendums
21.5.77
All
77.72
  Retirement of Judges
21.5.77
All
80.10
  Terms of Senators
1.12.84
NSW, Vic.
50.64
  Interchange of Powers
1.12.84
None
47.06
  Fair Elections
3.9.88
ACT
37.60
  Local Government
3.9.88
None
33.62
  Parliamentary Terms
3.9.88
None
32.92
  Rights and Freedoms
3.9.88
None
30.79
  Republic
6.11.99
ACT
45.13
  Preamble to Constitution
6.11.99
None
39.34

NB Referendums have been held for purposes other than alterations to the Constitution i.e. referendums held in 1916 and 1917 relating to compulsory military service (both rejected).

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