Tag: referendum

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

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

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

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

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