History of Australia
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How did the Australian Prime Minister try to gain public agreement for his two referendums In 1916 and 1917?
Asked in History of the United States
What was the Populist position on initiatives and referendums?
Asked in Australia Politics and Society
Why are referendums held in Australia?
They are held because Australia is a democracy, and public opinion should decide yes or no on a given issue. In Western Australia we have had a long and tiresome debate (and 2 referendums) about daylight saving. In both referendums the public said no, but it went ahead anyway. We are about to have a third referendum on daylight saving. I don't understand why they are holding referendums that cost the public millions, when it seems to be already decided that the public's opinion will be ignored.