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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.


Acknowledgement of Country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.