Overview <!IMG SRC="bluedot.gif" WIDTH=200 HEIGHT=10 alt=""> Title Introduction Framework Origins Advantages The Amendments <!IMG SRC="bluedot.gif" WIDTH=200 HEIGHT=10 alt=""> 20 References Section 126 Section 59 Section 60 Section 61 Section 2 Section 4 The States All Amendments The Election <!IMG SRC="bluedot.gif" WIDTH=200 HEIGHT=10 alt=""> Why Elect Apolitical Electoral Law Timing Independence <!IMG SRC="bluedot.gif" WIDTH=200 HEIGHT=10 alt=""> Introduction The Two Roles Costs v Benefits Free Speech Other Issues <!IMG SRC="bluedot.gif" WIDTH=500 HEIGHT=10 alt=""> Referendum One Royal Link Honorary Vice Pres Spectrum of Powers Questions More Questions Conclusion
The Referendum Question
One of the controversies of the 1999 Referendum was the referendum question. The following is the question put to the people and rejected:
The explanation of the law explains the overall intention, explains who replaces who and how the Head of State is appointed. The YES campaign was fortunate that the method of dismissal was not included.
Under the Model for an Honorary President, the question can be framed without reference to the Governor General. This alone makes the question simpler. If, in other respects, the same form of question is used, the referendum question under this model would be as follows:
There would be little controversy in such a question and it is certainly to the advantage of the Honorary President Republican Modelís chances at referendum that such a straightforward question would be asked of the electorate.