1974 Australian referendum (Democratic Elections)

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The Constitution Alteration (Democratic Elections) 1974 was an Australian referendum held in the 1974 referendums which sought to require the size of electorates in state Legislative Assemblies and the federal House of Representatives to be based on overall population. This would replace alternative methods of distributing seats, such as by population of electors or weighting for geographical size. Country electorates sometimes had significantly lower overall populations ("people counts") than city electorates.[1]

Question[edit]

Proposed law entitled "An Act to alter the Constitution so as to ensure that the members of the House of Representatives and of the parliaments of the states are chosen directly and democratically by the people".

Do you approve the proposed law?

Results[edit]

Result[2]
State On

rolls

Ballots

issued

For Against Invalid
% %
New South Wales 2,834,558 2,702,903 1,345,983 50.55% 1,316,837 49.45% 40,083
Victoria 2,161,474 2,070,893 970,903 47.71% 1,064,023 52.29% 35,967
Queensland 1,154,762 1,098,401 474,337 43.70% 611,135 56.30% 12,929
South Australia 750,308 722,434 310,839 44.11% 393,857 55.89% 17,738
Western Australia 612,016 577,989 241,946 42.86% 322,587 57.14% 13,456
Tasmania 246,596 237,891 95,463 40.81% 138,430 59.19% 3,998
Australian Total 7,759,714 7,410,511 3,439,471 47.20% 3,846,869 52.80% 124,171
Obtained majority in one State and an overall minority of 407,398 votes.
Not carried

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Parliament House. "Part 2 – History of Australian Referendums" (PDF). Australian Parliament House. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  2. ^ Australian Parliament House. "Part 2 – History of Australian Referendums" (PDF). Australian Parliament House. Retrieved 4 May 2017.