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It’s time for us plebeians to have our plebiscites

6 September 2016

7:23 AM

6 September 2016

7:23 AM

Since Tony Abbott promised a plebiscite on same sex marriage the role of plebiscites in Australian democracy has been hotly debated.

Australia has had only three plebiscites in its history, two held on the issue of conscription during World War 1 and the third on selecting a new national anthem. In the Australian context plebiscites are not binding and there is no way for citizens to initiate them.

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