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Sets out the referendum process


Step 1 in changing the Constitution:

Bill proposing change is drafted
Bill must pass both houses with an absolute majority OR be passed by one house twice after a 3 month period


Step 2 in changing the Constitution:

The People
Proposal must be put to electorate as a Yes or No vote within 2 to 6 months of passing the House[s] of Parliament
Must achieve a Double Majority


Step 3 in changing the Constitution:

The Governor-General
Must grant Royal Assent to the Bill
Change to the wording of the Constitution is made


Double Majority:

-Majority of voters across Australia
-Majority of voters in a majority of states (4 out of 6)


Successful referenda:

8 out of 44


Factors the influence the outcome of a referendum:

Double Majority
Bipartisan Support
Voter conservatism


Bipartisan Support:

If there is opposition against a referendum, information from both major political parties can become confusing.

Almost impossible to pass a referendum without bipartisan support.


Voter Conservatism:

Voters are quite conservative

Voters prefer to accept the Constitution as it is, rather than make changes that could have unknown effects.

Voters tend to distrust politicians for change, believing they want more power for themselves.


E.G of Voter Conservatism:

Republic Referendum (1999), people voted no because they were unsure the change would be beneficial.

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