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The 1977 "Simultaneous Elections" referendum in Tasmania

Roberts-Thomson, P 1977 , 'The 1977 "Simultaneous Elections" referendum in Tasmania', Honours thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Tasmania's role in constitutional referenda, like many other
aspects of her political processes has been subjected at the most to
a cursory glance, but more often continual neglect. The first purpose
of this study then is to attempt, albeit in a small way, to remedy this
situation and describe the conduct of a referendum in Tasmania.To date no other study
has concentrated specifically upon the four referenda he1d on the 21st
May, 1977, nor have any studies analysed any previous referendum in
Tasmania. In fact many authors dismiss out of hand Tasmania's role in
a referendum and consider her propensity to deliver a negative vote as
determined by fear and conservatism. The 1977 referenda have been chosen for study for a number of
reasons, not least of which is that they are the most recent and much
primary information is still available. In addition the memories of
the principal political protagonists have not yet been blurred by the
passage of time. Further Tasmania's vote was in keeping with her
traditional response: to vote Yes when proposals have the overwhelming
support of the whole nation and are seen as just and valid reforms
to the Constitution, and on all other occasions, (except when they
clearly favour the State), to vote 'No'.

Item Type: Thesis - Honours
Authors/Creators:Roberts-Thomson, P
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