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  • Scotland votes to remain with the United Kingdom

    Posted 22/09/2014 by Brenton Holmes

    The question on the ballot paper was a simple one: ‘Should Scotland be an independent country?’ ...  The answer from Scottish voters was ‘No’: 55 per cent against independence, 45 per cent in favour.

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    TAGS: Scottish referendum

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  • Another step towards referendum on Constitutional recognition of local government

    Posted 25/01/2013 by Rob Lundie
    Parliament House Canberra Marble FoyerOn 24 January 2013 the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Local Government recommended in its preliminary report that a referendum on the financial recognition of local government be held in conjunction with the 2013 federal election. The Committee was established in late 2012 to build on the work done by the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Local Government, specifically to inquire into ‘financial recognition of local government', the majority finding of the Ex... Read more...

    TAGS: constitutional recognition of local government, Constitutional reform, local government, referendum

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  • A quick guide to plebiscites in Australia

    Posted 30/06/2011 by Brenton Holmes
    When Opposition Leader Tony Abbott proposed a plebiscite to test Australians’ support for a carbon tax, the proposal was variously described in the media as ‘junk politics’, a ‘stunt’, a ‘serious misjudgement’ and ‘an expensive, bad idea’. But what exactly is a plebiscite?In Australia, a national plebiscite has quite a distinctive meaning. A plebiscite is a vote by citizens on a matter of national significance, but one which does not affect the Constitution. Moreover, plebiscites are normally ad... Read more...

    TAGS: plebiscites, politics, referendum

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