Australian referendum, 1913

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The 1913 Australian Referendum was held on 31 May 1913. It contained six referendum questions and was held in conjunction with the 1913 federal election.

Background[edit]

Having failed with the 1911 referendum, the Attorney-General, Billy Hughes, tried again, breaking each of the changes into separate questions. The changes were said to be necessary because the Commonwealth's powers had been cut down by successive decision of the High Court in applying the inter-governmental immunities and reserved state powers doctrines until they were said to be futile. The cases referred to by the Attorney-General were:[1]

The results[edit]

Results [13]
Question NSW Vic Qld SA WA Tas States in favour Voters in favour Result
(6) Trade and Commerce No No Yes Yes Yes No 3:3 49% Not carried
(7) Corporations No No Yes Yes Yes No 3:3 49% Not carried
(8) Industrial Matters No No Yes Yes Yes No 3:3 49% Not carried
(9) Trusts No No Yes Yes Yes No 3:3 49% Not carried
(10) Nationalisation of Monopolies No No Yes Yes Yes No 3:3 49% Not carried
(11) Railway Disputes No No Yes Yes Yes No 3:3 49% Not carried

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