Australian referendum, 1984 (Terms of Senators)

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Constitution Alteration (Terms of Senators) 1984 proposed for the third time that Senate of Australia and House of Representatives elections be constitutionally enforced to occur on the same day. The proposal was put to a referendum in the Australian referendum, 1984.

Results[edit]

An Act to change the terms of senators so that they are no longer of fixed duration and to provide that Senate elections and House of Representatives elections are always held on the same day.

Do you approve this proposed alteration?

Result
State On

rolls

Ballots

issued

For Against Informal
 %  %
New South Wales 3,423,624 3,216,256 1,621,894  %52.86 1,446,150  %47.14 148,212
Victoria 2,617,291 2,475,891 1,244,451  %53.20 1,094,760  %46.80 136,680
Queensland 1,549,749 1,447,284 642,768  %45.65 765,329  %54.35 39,187
South Australia 908,424 856,226 398,127  %49.98 398,463  %50.02 59,636
Western Australia 858,763 806,637 358,502  %46.47 412,996  %53.53 35,139
Tasmania 289,142 277,100 102,762  %39.29 158,777  %60.71 15,561
Australian Capital Territory 150,416 140,982 76,901  %56.68 58,764  %43.32 5,317
Northern Territory 68,857 58,668 28,310  %51.87 26,265  %48.13 4,093
Total for Commonwealth 9,866,266 9,279,044 4,473,715  %50.64 4,361,504  %49.36 443,825
Obtained a majority in two States and an overall majority

of 112,211 votes.

Not carried

Discussion[edit]

The results showed a narrow overall national majority acceptance for the proposal, however did not achieve the state majority required to be carried.

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