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Advisory Referendum

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Not all referendums are about changing the Constitution. All levels of government use the advisory referendum process to determine the will of the people on a particular issue.

Examples are: State (Daylight Saving and Secession) and Commonwealth (Conscription).

Daylight saving (Western Australian referendum)

In Western Australia, three referendums have been held on daylight saving. This is an example of a local issue and highlights the fact that such a question can be put to the people more than once. In 1975, 1984 and 1992 people were asked to vote on whether they agreed to advance the standard time one hour from the last Sunday in October in each year until the first Sunday in the following March. In each instance the proposal was rejected.

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