1946 Australian referendum (Marketing)

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Constitution Alteration (Organised Marketing of Primary Products) 1946 was an Australian referendum held in the 1946 referendums which sought to alter the Australian Constitution to remove restrictions in Section 92 of the Constitution which limited Commonwealth power to make laws with respect to the organised marketing of primary products.

Question[edit]

Do you approve of the proposed law for the alteration of the Constitution entitled "Constitution Alteration (Organised Marketing of Primary Products) 1946"?

Results[edit]

Result [1]
State On

rolls

Ballots

issued

For Against Invalid Result
% %
New South Wales 1,858,749 1,757,150 855,233 51.83 794,852 48.17 107,065 Yes
Victoria 1,345,537 1,261,374 624,343 52.37 567,860 47.63 69,171 Yes
Queensland 660,316 612,170 251,672 43.74 323,678 56.26 36,820 No
South Australia 420,361 399,301 183,674 48.74 193,201 51.26 22,426 No
Western Australia 300,337 279,066 145,781 56.21 113,562 43.79 19,723 Yes
Tasmania 154,553 144,880 55,561 42.55 75,018 57.45 14,301 No
Armed Forces*   37,021 19,924 53.81 15,997 43.21 986  
Total for Commonwealth 4,739,853 4,453,941 2,116,264 50.57 2,068,171 49.43 269,506 Yes
Obtained majority in three States and an overall majority of 48,093 votes.
Not carried

* Armed forces totals are also included in their respective states.

Discussion[edit]

This was one of the few occasions when an overall national majority was evident, albeit by a small margin, but no state majority was reached resulting in the referendum being not carried.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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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