Australian referendum, 1984 (Interchange of Powers)

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The Australian Constitution places some restraints on the ability of the State and Federal governments to freely cooperate. The Constitution Alteration (Interchange of Powers) 1984 proposal would have removed these barriers, such that the states and the federal government could freely interchange powers at will. The proposal was put to a referendum in the Australian referendum, 1984.

Results[edit]

An Act to enable the Commonwealth and the States voluntarily to refer powers to each other.

Do you approve this proposed alteration?

Result
State On

rolls

Ballots

issued

For Against Informal
 %  %
New South Wales 3,423,624 3,216,256 1,475,971  %49.04 1,533,799  %50.96 206,486
Victoria 2,617,291 2,475,891 1,139,565  %49.86 1,146,136  %50.14 190,190
Queensland 1,549,749 1,447,284 578,674  %41.69 809,249  %58.31 59,361
South Australia 908,424 856,226 355,588  %45.94 418,433  %54.06 82,205
Western Australia 858,763 806,637 336,184  %44.28 423,022  %55.72 47,431
Tasmania 289,142 277,100 87,933  %34.65 165,878  %65.35 23,289
Australian Capital Territory 150,416 140,982 74,741  %56.10 58,487  %43.90 7,754
Northern Territory 68,857 58,668 25,684  %47.78 28,066  %52.22 4,918
Total for Commonwealth 9,866,266 9,279,044 4,074,340  %47.06 4,583,070  %52.94 621,634
Obtained majority in no State and an overall minority

of 508,730 votes.

Not carried

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