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Referendums Act 1997 – 17 December 2015

Referendums Regulation 2016 – 29 January 2016

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The Electoral Commission of Queensland must conduct a referendum if the Governor issues a writ for a referendum to the commission under section 5. The Governor may issue a writ for a referendum if: a Bill is to be submitted to the electors; or the Legislative Assembly has resolved that a question be submitted to the electors. The electors who may vote in a referendum are set out in section 21 of the Act. After the referendum, the referendum result is published in the gazette. A failure to vote will result in a notice being issued pursuant to section 44 of the Act; for the offence provision see section 75 of the Act. For referendum advertising restrictions, refer to sections 72, 73 and 74 of the Act.

  • Sections 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 21, 43, 44, 45, 72, 73, 74, 75, Schedules 1, 3

An argument in favour of or against the Bill/question must be distributed or published by the commission if the argument is: not more than 1000 words; authorised; and forwarded to the commission by members within 4 weeks after the passage of the Bill or if the Legislative Assembly resolves that the question be submitted to electors.

  • Sections 11, 12
Reason for law

To provide for the conduct of a referendum. (Long Title of Act)

Relevant links

State Referendums – Electoral Commission Queensland





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