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Commonwealth Constitution

Australia has seen many changes since Federation.  Many people think amendments are needed to bring the Commonwealth Constitution in line with today’s world and to achieve a balance in the Federation.

Possible future changes include:

  • the powers of the Senate,

  • fixed term parliaments

  • the republican issue

  • the powers of the Governor-General,

  • restricting the powers of the Commonwealth government,

  • how to ensure that States concerns are protected,

  • a Bill of Rights

  • a preamble incorporating the sovereignty of the people,

Western Australian Constitution

There are a wide range of views as to whether the Western Australian Constitution needs to be changed.  The issues include:

  • Consolidating and or amending the 1889 and 1899 Acts.

  • Changing the current ways of how the Constitution Acts are changed. Should WA use referendums to change all of its Constitution?

  • Recognising the role of the Governor.

Who decides change?

The question is, do our Constitutions serve us well and reflect the needs of our modern society?

  • If change is proposed to either we need to consider:

  • the consequences of the changes proposed,

  • their true cost,

  • will we be as safe under a new system, and

  • will it improve our lives and that of succeeding generations?

It is up to you.  Each voter has the power to influence change. The future is in your hands.