Australian referendum, 1948

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The 1948 Australian Referendum was held on 29 May 1948. It contained one referendum question.

  • (23) Rents and Prices (not carried)

Proposed Amendment[edit]

The Constitution Alteration (Rents and Prices) 1947 was an Australian referendum held in the 1948 referendum which sought to alter the Australian Constitution to increase the power of the Commonwealth to make laws with respect to rents and prices.

Question[edit]

Do you approve of the proposed law for the alteration of the Constitution entitled 'Constitution Alteration (Rents and Prices) 1947'?

Results[edit]

Result
State On

rolls

Ballots

issued

For Against Informal
 %  %
New South Wales 1,880,779 1,762,091 723,183  %41.66 1,012,639  %58.34 26,269
Victoria 1,351,853 1,270,037 559,361  %44.63 693,937  %55.37 16,739
Queensland 669,555 617,678 187,955  %30.80 422,236  %69.20 7,487
South Australia 422,809 402,778 167,171  %42.15 229,438  %57.85 6,169
Western Australia 301,223 278,282 105,605  %38.59 168,088  %61.41 4,589
Tasmania 157,668 145,135 50,437  %35.45 91,845  %64.55 2,853
Armed Forces*   11,905 6,557   5,213   135
Total for Commonwealth 4,783,887 4,476,001 1,793,712  %40.66 2,618,183  %59.34 64,106
Obtained majority in no State and an overall minority of 824,471 votes.
Not carried

* Armed forces totals are also included in their respective states.

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