Australian referendum, 1913 (Trusts)

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Constitution Alteration (Trusts) 1912 was an Australian referendum held in the 1913 referendums which sought to alter the Australian Constitution to give the Commonwealth legislative power in respect to trusts.

Issues[edit]

Question[edit]

Do you approve of the proposed law for the alteration of the Constitution entitled 'Constitution Alteration (Trusts) 1912'?

The proposal was to alter the text of section 51 of the Constitution to read as follows:[1]

51. The Parliament shall, subject to this Constitution, have Legislative power to make laws for the peace, order, and good government of the Commonwealth with respect to:

(xl.) Trusts, combinations, and monopolies in relation to the production, manufacture, or supply of goods, or the supply of services.

Results[edit]

The referendum was not approved by a majority of voters, and a majority of the voters was achieved in only three states.[2][3]

Result
State | On rolls Ballots issued For Against Informal Result
 %  %
New South Wales 1,036,187 717,855 319,150 47.12 358,155 52.88 39,294 No
Victoria 830,391 626,861 301,729 49.71 305,268 50.29 19,536 No
Queensland 363,082 280,525 147,871 54.78 122,088 45.22 10,345 Yes
South Australia 244,026 195,463 96,400 51.67 90,185 48.33 8,661 Yes
Western Australia 179,784 132,149 67,342 53.59 58,312 46.41 6,162 Yes
Tasmania 106,746 80,398 34,839 45.38 41,935 54.62 3,498 No
Total for Commonwealth 2,760,216 2,033,251 967,331 49.78 975,943 50.22 87,496 No
Obtained majority in three States and an overall minority of 8,612 votes.
Not carried

Discussion[edit]

The 1911 referendum asked a single question that dealt with the acquisition of monopolies. This resolution separated laws in relation to monopolies and the acquisition of monopolies into different questions. Like its forebear, neither resolution was carried. On each of the many occasions a similar question was asked at a referendum the public decided not to vest power in the Commonwealth over these matters.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Notification of the receipt of a Writ for a Referendum". Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (30). 25 April 1913. pp. 1097–8 – via www.legislation.gov.au. .
  2. ^ "Result of the Referendum". Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (55). 2 August 1913. p. 1792 – via www.legislation.gov.au. .
  3. ^ a b Handbook of the 44th Parliament (2014) "Part 5 - Referendums and Plebiscites - Referendum results". Parliamentary Library of Australia. Archived from the original on 29 September 2017. .

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