Australian referendum, 1977
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The 1977 Australian Referendum was held on 21 May 1977. It contained four referendum questions and one non-binding plebiscite.
- (33) Simultaneous Elections (not carried)
- (34) Senate Casual Vacancies (carried)
- (35) Referendums (carried)
- (36) Retirement of Judges (carried)
This referendum had a particularly strong 'Yes' vote. All but one of the referendum questions was carried, and the only one to not be carried had a clear national majority, but was held back by not achieving a majority of the states. No referendum since then has been successful.
The four referendum questions were only voted on in the states; voters in the territories only gained the right to vote on constitutional changes as a result of the Referendums amendment passing. Voters in the territories, however, were able to vote on the plebiscite.