A Proposed Law: To alter the Constitution to provide for 4 year maximum terms for members of both Houses of the Commonwealth Parliament.
Do you approve this proposed alteration?
|State||On rolls||Ballots issued||For||Against||Informal|
|New South Wales||3,564,856||3,297,246||1,032,621||%31.66||2,228,503||%68.34||36,122|
|Australian Capital Territory||166,131||149,128||64,458||%43.62||83,328||%56.38||1,342|
|Total for Commonwealth||10,362,959||9,537,725||3,099,270||%32.91||6,316,940||%67.09||121,515|
|Obtained majority in no State and an overall minority of 3 217 670 votes.|
This proposal was arguably the biggest proposed change in actual political process that has been raised in a referendum, with the possible exception of the Republic Referendum of 1999 which proposed a rather minimal actual change. The clear 'No' vote on this issue clearly demonstrated that the voters were unconvinced by any major change in the political process.