Australia, national Veto-plebiscite [AVP] - Mode of altering the Constitution.(3)
- Veto-plebiscite [AVP]
- Political level
- Local Name:
- Mode of altering the Constitution.(3)
- Normative Level:
- Legally Binding:
- Legally Defined:
Mode of altering the Constitution.
128. This Constitution shall not be altered except in the following manner:
But if either House passes any such proposed law by an absolute majority, and the other House rejects or fails to pass it, or passes it with any amendment to which the first-mentioned House will not agree, and if after an interval of three months the first-mentioned House in the same or the next session again passes the proposed law by an absolute majority with or without any amendment which has been made or agreed to by the other House, and such other House rejects or fails to pass it or passes it with any amendment to which the first-mentioned House will not agree, the Governor-General may submit the proposed law as last proposed by the first-mentioned House, and either with or without any amendments subsequently agreed to by both Houses, to the electors in each State and Territory qualified to vote for the election of the House of Representatives.
When a proposed law is submitted to the electors the vote shall be taken in such manner as the Parliament prescribes. But until the qualification of electors of members of the House of Representatives becomes uniform throughout the Commonwealth, only one-half the electors voting for and against the proposed law shall be counted in any State in which adult suffrage prevails.
And if in a majority of the States a majority of the electors voting approve the proposed law, and if a majority of all the electors voting also approve the proposed law, it shall be presented to the Governor-General for the Queen's assent.
References: Constitution of Australia, 1985 (Accessed 22.01.2020)
- Subject Matter:
To amend the constitution (3 of 3)
- One chamber of the Houses of Parliament
- Decision maker:
- Available Time:
- Turnout Quorum:
- Legal source does not mention turnout quorum
- Approval Quorum:
- Majority of the electorate
- Geographical Quorum:
- Majority of the States - a majority of the electorate
- Excluded Issues:
See amending the constitution (2)
- Other Formal Requirements:
Voting is compulsory
- Wording Of Ballot Question:
- Interaction With Authorities:
- Supervision And Support:
- Transparency And Finance: