Australian referendum, 1967 (Parliament)

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Held within the Australian referendum, 1967 was a question about the Australian Parliament, so-called "nexus". Section 24 of the Australian Constitution required that the number of members in the House of Representatives be as near as possible to twice the number of members in the Senate.

This ratio is quite common in other parliaments, but there are many significant exceptions. The most important effect of the "nexus" is to prevent dilution of the Senate's collective voting power in the case of a Joint Sitting following a double dissolution election. The nexus ensures that the Senators always cast about one-third of the votes and the Members of the House of Representatives about two-thirds.

Question[edit]

Do you approve the proposed law for the alteration of the Constitution entitled 'An Act to alter the Constitution so that the number of members of the House of Representatives may be increased without necessarily increasing the number of Senators'?

Results[edit]

Result
State On

rolls

Ballots

issued

For Against Invalid
 %  %
New South Wales 2,315,828 2,166,507 1,087,694 51.01% 1,044,458 48.99% 34,355
Victoria 1,734,476 1,630,594 496,826 30.87% 1,112,506 69.13% 21,262
Queensland 904,808 848,728 370,200 44.13% 468,673 55.87% 9,855
South Australia 590,275 560,844 186,344 33.91% 363,120 66.09% 11,380
Western Australia 437,609 405,666 114,841 29.05% 280,523 70.95% 10,302
Tasmania 199,589 189,245 42,764 23.06% 142,660 76.94% 3,821
Total for Commonwealth 6,182,585 5,801,584 2,298,669 40.25% 3,411,940 59.75% 90,975
Obtained majority in one State and an overall minority of 1,113,271 votes.
Not carried

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