Australian referendum, 1984 (Interchange of Powers)

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The Australian Constitution places some restraints on the ability of the State and Federal governments to freely cooperate. The Constitution Alteration (Interchange of Powers) 1984 proposal would have removed these barriers, such that the states and the federal government could freely interchange powers at will. The proposal was put to a referendum in the Australian referendum, 1984.

Results[edit]

An Act to enable the Commonwealth and the States voluntarily to refer powers to each other.

Do you approve this proposed alteration?

Result [1]
State On

rolls

Ballots

issued

For Against Informal
 %  %
New South Wales 3,423,624 3,216,256 1,475,971 49.04 1,533,799 50.96 206,486
Victoria 2,617,291 2,475,891 1,139,565 49.86 1,146,136 50.14 190,190
Queensland 1,549,749 1,447,284 578,674 41.69 809,249 58.31 59,361
South Australia 908,424 856,226 355,588 45.94 418,433 54.06 82,205
Western Australia 858,763 806,637 336,184 44.28 423,022 55.72 47,431
Tasmania 289,142 277,100 87,933 34.65 165,878 65.35 23,289
Australian Capital Territory 150,416 140,982 74,741 56.10 58,487 43.90 7,754
Northern Territory 68,857 58,668 25,684 47.78 28,066 52.22 4,918
Total for Commonwealth 9,866,266 9,279,044 4,074,340 47.06 4,583,070 52.94 621,634
Obtained majority in no State and an overall minority of 508,730 votes.[2]
Not carried

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. .
  2. ^ Since the 1977 referendum electors in the territories were able to vote in referendums and their votes are counted towards the national total, but do not count toward the requirement for a majority of states.

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