Australia, national Plebiscite [ATP] - Advisory Referendums (also called Plebiscites)

General Typology

Instrument
Plebiscite [ATP]
Location
Australia
Political level
national
Local Name:
Advisory Referendums (also called Plebiscites)
Normative Level:
statutory
Legally Binding:
no
Legally Defined:

Westminster System
See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_system

(Accessed 22.01.2020)

Subject Matter:

Non binding advisory plebiscite

Actors

Author:
Government
Initiator:
Government
Decision maker:
Electorate

Requirements

Available Time:
Turnout Quorum:
Approval Quorum:
Geographical Quorum:
Excluded Issues:
Other Formal Requirements:

Procedural Elements

Wording Of Ballot Question:
Interaction With Authorities:
Supervision And Support:
Transparency And Finance:

Practice

Archive:
Remarks:

€žAn issue put before the electorate which does not effect the Constitution is called an advisory referendum or a plebiscite. Governments can hold advisory referendums to test whether people either support or oppose a proposed action on an issue. The Government is not bound by the "result" of an advisory referendum as it is by the result of a Constitutional referendum. Australian Governments, Federal, State and Territory, have held advisory referendums on various issues:
Military service plebiscites were held in 1916 and 1917 but, as they were not proposals to amend the Constitution, the provisions of section 128 of the Constitution did not apply. Electors in all federal Territories were permitted to vote. Both the military service plebiscites sought a mandate for conscription and were defeated.€œ

References: http://www.aec.gov.au/elections/referendums/Advisory_Referendums/