Australian referendum, 1988 (Local Government)
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The Australian Constitution recognises Government at Federal and State levels, but makes no mention of local government. Constitution Alteration (Local Government) 1988 proposed to alter the constitution so as to recognise local government. The proposal was put to a referendum in the Australian referendum, 1988.
A similar proposal was made in the Constitution Alteration (Local Government) 2013, but that proposal was not submitted to a referandum.
A Proposed Law: To alter the Constitution to recognise local government.
Do you approve this proposed alteration?
|New South Wales||3,564,856||3,297,246||1,033,364||%31.70||2,226,529||%68.30||37,353|
|Australian Capital Territory||166,131||149,128||58,755||%39.78||88,945||%60.22||1,428|
|Total for Commonwealth||10,362,959||9,537,725||3,163,488||%33.61||6,248,166||%66.39||126,071|
|Obtained majority in no State and an overall minority
of 3 084 678 votes.
The "no" campaign in 1988 argued that this change would undermine States' rights, i.e. that it would move - or make it possible to move - some power from State Governments to Local Governments.
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