Category: Referendums

Getting to ‘Yes’: Why our approach to winning referendums needs a rethink

BY PAUL KILDEA

Would a proposal to constitutionally entrench a ‘First Nations Voice’ pass if it were put to a referendum? What about attempts to amend section 44, or replace the Governor-General with an Australian head of state? For years, … Read the rest “Getting to ‘Yes’: Why our approach to winning referendums needs a rethink”

Legislation as a Method of Constitutional Reform: An Alternative to Formal Amendment?

BY LAEL K WEIS

A striking feature of current debates about constitutional reform in Australia is the evident interest in exploring legislative alternatives to formal amendment. Although this may be explained by the historically low success rate of referendums, the Read the rest “Legislation as a Method of Constitutional Reform: An Alternative to Formal Amendment?”

Creating new states from Australia’s existing states

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BY ANNA RIENSTRA AND GEORGE WILLIAMS

Should Australia have more states? This question has recently resurfaced in Queensland, where last week Robert Katter of Katter’s Australia Party unsuccessfully moved a motion in the Parliament to create a new state in … Read the rest “Creating new states from Australia’s existing states”

Marriage Equality/Inequality, Religion and the Constitution

Luke Beck

BY LUKE BECK

The debate on marriage equality looks like stepping up a gear with the re-elected Turnbull Government reaffirming its intention to hold a plebiscite on the issue. As the as-yet-unconfirmed date for the plebiscite approaches, we can expect … Read the rest “Marriage Equality/Inequality, Religion and the Constitution”

Reasons Not To Be Scared of a New Constitutional Preamble

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BY JOHN PYKE

The suggestion that the Commonwealth Constitution should be given a new ‘preamble’ by referendum has surfaced a couple of times in the last two decades – in connection with the republic and now as part of the … Read the rest “Reasons Not To Be Scared of a New Constitutional Preamble”

Setting the ground rules for the same-sex marriage plebiscite

picture-1279-1402017123BY PAUL KILDEA

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has pledged to hold a plebiscite on same-sex marriage early in the next parliamentary term. If his government is re-elected at the upcoming federal election, expected on 2 July, we may see a … Read the rest “Setting the ground rules for the same-sex marriage plebiscite”

Justifications for Initiating a Constitutional Amendment to Establish an Australian Republic: Assessing the Leaders’ Views

Glenn_PatmoreBY GLENN PATMORE

Interest in an Australian republic has recently been re-sparked by the ascendancy of prominent republican Malcolm Turnbull to the prime ministership, and statements of Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten. Despite the leaders’ apparent commitment to the … Read the rest “Justifications for Initiating a Constitutional Amendment to Establish an Australian Republic: Assessing the Leaders’ Views”

2016: The Year of ‘Substantive’ Progress on Constitutional Recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples?

Dr Matthew StubbsBY MATTHEW STUBBS

2016 presents an opportunity for decisive progress towards substantive recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution. Purely symbolic statutory recognition now exists in all but one of the States, and at … Read the rest “2016: The Year of ‘Substantive’ Progress on Constitutional Recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples?”

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