Flashcards in 3.2.3 Changing the Constitution Deck (10)
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:
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:
Must grant Royal Assent to the Bill
Change to the wording of the Constitution is made
-Majority of voters across Australia
-Majority of voters in a majority of states (4 out of 6)
8 out of 44
Factors the influence the outcome of a referendum:
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.
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.