Section 15 of the Australian Acts: Constitutional Change by the Back Door
AbstractThe defeat in September 1988 of four referenda to amend the Commonwealth Constitution (hereafter "the Constitution") reveals once again the great difficulty of achieving constitutional change by way of the referendum process in s. 128 of the Constitution. Counting the four defeated proposals of September 1988, fewer than one-fifth of the proposals for constitutional change that have been put to the Australian electorate since Federation have secured the necessary majorities under s. 128 to become law.
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